Swedish researchers have discovered that ASNA-1 regulates insulin signaling in C. elegans, potentially opening a new avenue for diabetes drugs, as the protein is evolutionarily conserved from worms to mice to humans.

The ASNA-1 gene encodes an ATPase that regulates growth. It was already known that homologs of the gene are present in all eukaryotes and some prokaryotes, and that in humans, ATPase