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Heat-controlled implant delivers insulin on demand

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7:37pm, September 20, 2004

The field of drug delivery is literally heating up with the development of a new polymer implant that releases insulin in response to changes in temperature. L. Andrew Lyon and his colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta designed the new material out of microscopic, water-saturated spheres that are heat sensitive. The researchers loaded these hydrogel particles with insulin and assembled them into a multilayered film.

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