Saturday, February 10, 2007

Definitely and Distinctly Canadian ... Banting and Best

In 1922, Canadian researcher Dr. Fredrick Banting, and his assistant Charles Best discovered the process to extract insulin from the islets of langerhans in the human pancreas. Despite reluctance from their superiors at University of Toronto, Banting persisted until he and his research team successfully treated dogs suffering from diabetes.

Then in 1921, they successfully treated a 14 year old boy with the insulin they had derived in their lab. In February 1922, they published a journal article outlining their research and discovery, and in 1923 Banting and MacLeod (his supervisor) were awarded the Nobel Prize.

Today millions of people live with diabetes because of the work of Banting and Best and the subsequent research that their discovery has lead to ...

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