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    Sandrats from around the Dead Sea are making a major contribution to diabetes research programmes at the Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School, Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem.

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    Sandrats from around the Dead Sea are making a major contribution to diabetes research programmes at the Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School, Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem.

    The animals develop diabetes similar to that found in humans, simply by being deprived of their natural diet of Saltbush - a plant which grows by the Dead Sea.

    A colony of 200 sandrats has now been bred at the Medical School, under a programme backed by the National Council for Research and Development attached to the Prime Minister's office, and the Szold Foundation.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School near Jerusalem a colony of sandrats is helping scientists to study diabetes.

    The sandrats - originally from the Dead Sea area - have been found to develop a form of diabetes like human diabetes. The presence of the disease is verified through a urine-test....
    A check on the animal's eye clearly shows the presence of a cataract - a symptom also typical of diabetes in human beings. And there's more evidence from the urine sample...a simple colour change confirms that the animal is diabetic....
    The degree of sugar concentration is measured from blood samples....
    The Hebrew University's Medical School caught its original sandrats around the Dead Sea, but has now bred a colony of two-hundred for the research programme. Their natural diet of Saltbush - a Dead Sea plant - is essential to their health. Without it diabetes develops immediately, without use of drugs or surgery.

    Scientists investigating diabetes say the supply of these animals is making a major contribution to their studies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2JZ1HNJ59EXOPXQ2A88V3X59M
    Media URN:
    VLVA2JZ1HNJ59EXOPXQ2A88V3X59M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    N/A

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