Taiwanese researchers have developed a new method for providing insulin to diabetics. Instead of injecting insulin, a standard delivery method, they developed tiny spheres made from shrimp cells that could survive the acid in the stomach and would pass through the small intestine, delivering the insulin into the blood. The process was tested successfully on rats. The research indicates that the current process requires a large amount of insulin. Advocates for diabetics said they would like to see a more efficient delivery approach that would allow patients to switch from injections to a pill.
- here's the report on the research from the BBC