While dolphins continue to be slaughtered in Japan (here and here), those same humans may have their lives saved by a new discovery that dolphins can turn on and off diabetes. Scientists believe that humans may have once had this ability and that dolphins could lead to a breakthrough treatment for humans.
Five percent of deaths annually are tied to diabetes. Dr Stephanie Venn-Watson, a veterinary epidemiologist and director of Clinical Research at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego, believes that dolphins may actually hold the cure to diabetes.
Dolphin were recently found to be the second smartest creatures on the planet and some have called for dolphin to be given special non-human status, here.
The great irony is that humans are rapidly destroying species in places like the rain forest that may contain their own salvation from everything from cancer to diabetes. The video of Japanese fishermen brutally killing trapped dolphin captures the sheer lunacy of our species.
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