Three Minnesota diabetes research projects get new funding

$1.8 million from the Decade of Discovery initiative will go toward research projects of the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota. They include efforts to develop an anti-obesity drug and an artificial pancreas.
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$1.8 million from the Decade of Discovery initiative will go toward research projects of the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota. They include efforts to develop an anti-obesity drug and an artificial pancreas.

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