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A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would cap the out-of-pocket amount diabetics pay for their insulin. Legislators heard from a woman who lost a child because she couldn't afford the drug.

As a diabetic child, Antroinette Worsham’s daughter got her insulin through a state program for children with medical handicaps but when she turned 21, she was no longer eligible. She couldn’t afford it. She rationed it and within a year, she died. Now Worsham’s younger daughter, who is also a diabetic, is close to aging out of the program.

It’s been nearly a hundred years since the discovery of insulin. And scientists over the past century have been gradually refining its function to make life better for people with diabetes.

Now researchers in Cleveland have developed a new generation of insulin that expands its lifesaving potential. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the latest milestone in the molecule’s history.