Glucose-Measuring Implant Glows 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 fibre 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. [University of Tokyo MeGadget via Engadget]


    What the hell have they got as a test subject in that photo. It looks mutant.

    Its a baby pig, the ear is where it being put into.

    That's definitely not a baby pig.

    It's a rat, better picture on the link.

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