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Synthetic Chemical From Bears Could Stall Onset of Diabetes

A synthetic chemical similar to bear bile—the bitter, yellow-green liquid drained from bear gallbladders and certain livestock—may one day help treat diabetes in people.

Why Do Blood-Sucking Fish Find Bile Sexy?

Move over, Chanel No. 5: Scientists have discovered why the scent of bile is irresistible to female sea lampreys.

Endangered Moon Bears Harvested for Bile in Vietnam

Video by Brendan McCarthy. Text by Leanne Younes Note: This story was first published on February 9, 2012, and it was updated on December 21, 2012 with new information In a blistering tin shed on the outskirts of Hanoi, rows of caged Asiatic Black bears pant with thirst and gaze despairingly through the bars. The bears…