Do you know what your pancreas does? It helps you digest your food. It also may have cost a man his life. One of the most infamous murder mysteries in science revolves around the discovery of the purpose of the pancreas, and who got the credit for it.
Sufferers of Type 1 diabetes spend a lifetime having to cope with impaired function of the pancreas — a crucial organ of the digestive system. But a first-generation artificial pancreas could offer hope to the millions of people who are at risk — a prospect that became all the more real, after a very successful…
In what can only be described as the most shocking revelation since I learned that tumors can grow teeth, it turns out your pancreas has taste receptors. New research published in the PNAS indicates that there are sweet taste receptors in that organ — and their reaction to fructose may be a cause of diabetes.