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Diabetes is caused by inadequate production and/or use of insulin, a hormone involved in the body’s metabolism of glucose. High blood glucose levels can lead to severe long-term consequences such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and blindness. Insulin was discovered in 1921 by Dr. Frederick Banting and research associate Charles Best, leading soon after to insulin therapy for diabetic patients. ” Insulin was initially produced by extracting it from the pancreas glands of pigs and cattle, but beginning in the 1980s recombinant DNA technology was used to make enough human insulin to treat a large number of patients worldwide.

A temperature reading of 20 °C probably has two significant figures rather than one, since one significant figure would imply a temperature anywhere from 10 °C to 30 °C and would be of little use. Similarly, a volume given as 300 mL probably has three significant figures. On the other hand, a figure of 93,000,000 mi for the distance between the Earth and the Sun probably has only two or three significant figures. The fourth rule shows why it’s helpful to write numbers in scientific notation rather than ordinary notation.

Let’s examine the development of Humalog , a billion-dollar medicine, to illustrate the scientific method and how chemical principles are applied in the pharmaceutical industry. Humalog was commercialized by Eli Lilly and Company in 1996 and is one of several insulin drugs available to people with diabetes. Do not worry if you do not understand all the details of the chemistry yet as our focus is on the process of modern interdisciplinary research. Diabetes is caused by inadequate production and/or use of insulin, a hormone involved in the body’s metabolism of glucose.

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