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In 1973, researchers Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer were the first to apply this technique. Working to help people living with diabetes, they lifted genetic materials from one organism's DNA and copy them into another's. It's the story of insulin. The Story of Insulin & Biotechnology.The human body produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin or cannot produce enough insulin. People with diabetes often need injections of insulin, which doctors first
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Unformatted text preview: provided patients through supplies taken from pigs and cows. However, scientists did not know the long-term effects of having animal insulin in your body. In 1978, Boyer was able to take pieces of human DNA and isolate a gene for insulin using biotechnology. He then inserted it into bacteria, which allowed the gene to reproduce a larger quantity of insulin for diabetics. This scientific advancement vastly improved quality of life for many people living with diabetes and guaranteed their safety....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course BT 117 taught by Professor Lorikelman during the Fall '11 term at Montgomery College.

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