Excerpt from “Diabetes: Looking under the hood: Salk scientists are teaming up to unravel the complex metabolism behind diabetes”

 

Think of the most futuristic, intricate hybrid car possible, one that effortlessly and efficiently balances battery and fuel use to whisk you to your destination. It won’t be one fraction as complicated as human metabolism—the production and use of energy that provides our motion, our life.

Now think of all the things under the hood that can go wrong in the fantastically involved electronics that match fuel use with need, and you get an idea of what could be happening when diabetes, a disease of energy utilization, develops.

“Now think of all the things under the hood that can go wrong in the fantastically involved electronics that match fuel use with need, and you get an idea of what could be happening when diabetes, a disease of energy utilization, develops.”

Salk researchers are trying to understand the human “hybrid car” of metabolism and what happens when this biological system breaks down. The problem is attracting a growing number of scientists worldwide, given the increasing burden that diabetes and other metabolic dysfunctions have on human health and society.

Source: http://www.salk.edu/insidesalk/article.php?id=332

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