Medicine: Intarvin

Insulin, most talked of medical discovery of the century, now has a rival for treating diabetes—intarvin, a form of artificial fat that can be eaten and digested by diabetic patients. It was discovered by Dr. Max Kahn, associate in biological chemistry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, in collaboration with Dr. Ralph H. McKee, professor of chemical engineering at Columbia. "Intarvin," meaning "intermediate fat," is so named because one molecule of it contains 17 carbon atoms instead of the 16 or 18 usual in ordinary fats. This is...

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