Japanese laboratories have developed rice plants that could free serious diabetes patients from regular insulin injections by promoting their own bodies’ production of the key hormone.

The genetically-modified rice was developed jointly by the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), private-sector Japan Paper Industries and Sanwa Kagaku Research Institute.

Fumio Takaiwa, head of the NIAS research team said it was the first time that a foodstuff had been developed as an effective treatment for diabetes.
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