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A Pancreas in a Box

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Science  10 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6167, pp. 133-135
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6167.133

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Despite intensive research, no cure for diabetes is in sight. But an experimental device called an artificial pancreas might improve the lives of millions of people until one comes along. The machine—an insulin pump, a blood glucose sensor, and a computer about the size of a paperback book, all linked by a wireless network—replicates the function of the pancreas that diabetics lack: producing insulin in response to rises in blood glucose level. If tests now in progress show the technology can work efficiently and safely, it could transform the lives of diabetics, improving their health and allowing them something closer to an ordinary life.