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Platypus Venom Could Hold Key to Successful Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
It is normally secreted in the gut of both humans and animals, stimulating the release of insulin to lower blood glucose. In people with type 2 diabetes, the short stimulus triggered by the hormone isn't sufficient to maintain a proper blood sugar balance. The function in venom has most likely triggered the evolution of a stable form of GLP-1 in monotremes. Excitingly, stable GLP-1 molecules are highly desirable as potential type 2 diabetes treatments.
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