This poison contains a useful chemical. A hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (or GLP-1), stimulates the release of insulin. Investigation is ongoing to find out if GLP-1 can be used to treat type 2 diabetes with GLP-1. Usual medication break down in the body fast.
The new wonder hormone breaks down very slowly. A more effective treatment may be on the way. Funding of $200,000 has been given by Medvet Science to start the research. Work will be done by the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Monash University, Flinders University and SAHMRI.
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