Insulin injection you swallow

Swallowing a pill as a new way to take medication.
15 February 2019
Presented by Jack Tavener
Production by Jack Tavener.


Throughout our lives we’ve all had injections, whether to protect against illness or to treat a condition. This is an invasive process, often requires a professional to administer and even then many people don’t enjoy it much. But a new device aims to make fainting at the sight of needles, or regular injections for diabetics a thing of the past. Simply swallowing a pea-sized device could deliver insulin or a broad range of medication orally, so that you don’t have to have an injection. Its domed shape is even inspired by the leopard tortoise! Jack Tavener spoke to Giovanni Traverso, who co-authored the study in a collaboration between MIT and Harvard Medical School...


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