Don’t pop the champagne just yet. You know, as well as I do, that these stories spring up from time-to -time. If they all came true, there’d be no cancer in the world.
Nevertheless, scientist at the University of California San Francisco have finally been able to transform stem cells into insulin producing beta-cells. According to Mattias Hebrok, the Hurlbut-Johnson Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Research at UCSF and director of the UCSF Diabetes Center, “We can now generate insulin-producing cells that look and act a lot like the pancreatic beta cells you and I have in our bodies. This is a critical step towards our goal of creating cells that could be transplanted into patients with diabetes.”
There’s obviously a lot more work to be done, but a member of Hebrok’s team is very optimistic, “Our work points to several exciting avenues to finally finding a cure.
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