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A tale of pigs and people - transgenic animals for diabetes research

LMU veterinarian Eckhard Wolf and his colleagues have created a genetically modified strain of pigs that reproducibly develops diabetes mellitus. Using this animal model, new diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities can be tested before being translated into clinical practice. By providing a bridge between an established laboratory model – the mouse – and humans, the pig may give us leads to new and improved drugs for the treatment of this burgeoning disease.

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