27 July 2015

On This Day: Toronto scientists isolate insulin

Two scientists at the University of Tornoto – Frederick Banting and Charles Best – successfully isolated insulin On This Day in 1921. They isolated the insulin from canine subjects, created diabetic symptoms in those subjects and then proceeded to administer a program of insulin injection which returned the subjects to their pre-diabetic state! 

Almost 10% of the American population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Although scientists like Banting and Best have made great strides, diabetes is still the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. 

Insulin isolated in Toronto  History.com On This Day in History, 1921 


On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

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