The Dawn of Open Source Insulin

Biotechin.Asia

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Based on WHO (World Health Organization) reports on diabetes, in 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and it is projected to be one of the leading causes of death in 2030. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Rising to the challenge, a team of biohackers from California, USA, Counter Culture Labs- a community lab-are developing a protocol for open source insulin with hopes of making insulin accessible and affordable for diabetics worldwide thereby giving diabetics from low– and middle-income countries a better prognosis.

Currently there is a variety of insulin available on the market with various acting efficiencies however they are all reportedly guarded by patents. No generic version of insulin is available yet in the market. While there has been calls for the production of generic insulin by the scientific community, the cost of shipping (due to…

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