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Aug 19, 2011

Glucose-Measuring Implant Glows Like a Christmas Tree When Sugar Levels Increase

Instead of putting up with a mild pin-prick whenever your blood sugar levels need testing, Japanese scientists have invented a little implant that glows when the levels change. No pain, and a free glowstick for raves—high five, science!

The Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo found that a fluorescent fiber sensor with a diameter of just 1mm can be inserted under the skin of a patient via injection, and then removed with tweezers. As you can see from the image, it's a tiny thing, with the glowing quality of the implant highly visible through the skin when glucose levels rise. I foresee just one issue—I think I'd want my levels to fluctuate to get full value, if anything.
 
 

7 comments:

msmariah said...

As someone w/ diabetes in my family this is great info to know.

fatbloodyfinger said...

I think this would just frighten the shit out of me.

kwile said...

Wow, just WOW.

MUFCfollowers said...

Totally wierd but wonderful too! Science rulez!

Tod Woodward said...

Te beginning of the cyborg revolution

hoaks2 said...

That's crazy man.

NameBrands said...

haha that owns