22 Jun '18, 8pm

Scientists Use Coffee To Trigger Synthetic Genes To Treat Diabetes

Coffee is good for you, a meta-study has already proven as much . But beyond its inherent healthful properties, scientists are now figuring out ways to use coffee to combat medical conditions. Still in its early stages of research, scientists have successfully treated type 2 diabetes in lab mice with coffee. As explained by a recent Ars Technica article, a team of researchers led by Dr. Martin Fussenegger of ETH Zurich in Basel is using caffeine to trigger responses from synthetic genetic systems. To do this, the researchers needed to find a molecule that would respond to caffeine, and they found one. In camels. Using an antibody generated in camelids—camels and llamas—they now had a means of detecting caffeine molecules that would then trigger the gene response. To treat the mice—who all had “diet-induced type 2 diabetes”—researchers inserted a permeable capsule filled wi...

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