(TIME) — Researchers are working on a surprising way to deliver insulin without an injection: swallowing the needle.
It may soon be possible to deliver insulin without an injection—through a swallowable needle. Here's how it works.
Needles aren’t popular. For people with type 1 diabetes (and some with type 2 diabetes) that can be a problem, since treatment requires regular injections with insulin.
Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a novel way to one day eliminate the need for injections: with a tiny swallowable device that can automatically inject insulin directly into the stomach wall. In a report published in Science, Robert Langer and Giovanni Traverso describe what they call a self-orienting millimeter scale applicator, or SOMA, that they developed to make injecting drugs easier.