Can Studying Dolphins Give Insight Into Human Disease?

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Dolphins can suffer from a syndrome similar to pre-diabetes in humans. But unlike humans, the marine mammals can switch the syndrome on and off. Reporting in PLOS ONE, researchers found that a diet high in saturated fat lowered blood glucose levels in bottlenose dolphins. Veterinary epidemiologist Stephanie Venn-Watson, lead author on the study, explains how studying dolphins could provide insight into human disease.

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Stephanie Venn-Watson

Stephanie Venn-Watson is the director of Translational Medicine and Research at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego, California.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.