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Did Scientists Just Develop A Viable Cure For Type 1 Diabetes?

Via io9: ‘In whats being called one of the most important advances to date in the field, researchers at Harvard have used stem cells to create insulin-producing beta cells in large quantities. Human transplantation trials could only be a few years away.

By using human embryonic stem cells, a research team led by Doug Melton created human insulin-producing beta cells that are virtually equivalent to normally functional beta cells in the kind of large quantities required for cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes.’

2 thoughts on “Did Scientists Just Develop A Viable Cure For Type 1 Diabetes?

  1. I dunno — I have a friend who was part of a human study of transplanted pancreatic cells a couple of years ago. (Temporarily life-transforming, but they gradually died off.) What makes this new one such a radical improvement? Just the invocation of stem cells?

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