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Scientists use caffeine to control genes-and treat diabetic mice with coffee

4 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Therapeutic coffee?
In the distant future, your morning cup of joe may not just perk up your brain-it may perk up your genes, too. At least, that's the optimistic outlook of some synthetic biologists in Switzerland.
A team led by Martin Fussenegger of ETH Zurich in Basel has shown that caffeine can be used as a trigger for synthetic genetic circuitry, which can then in turn do useful things for us-even correct or treat medical conditions. For a buzz-worthy proof of concept, the team engineered a system to treat type 2 diabetes in mice with sips of coffee, specifically Nespresso...
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