I found this incredible article on some current research to transform skin cells into beta cell producers. I read about some studies last year, and found this one that is getting closer to finding a way for a type 1 diabetic to have "home made insulin" so to speak.
"Producing insulin-secreting pancreas cells from skin cells gives hope to diabetics"
Here is an excerpt from the article
"When the researchers then transplanted PPLC's into mice that had been modified to have hyperglycemia, which is a key indicator of diabetes, the same thing happened, and one week after the transplant, the animal's glucose levels started to drop and gradually approach normal levels. When the transplanted cells were removed, the researchers saw an immediate spike in glucose levels.
Even more promising, when the team tested the mice eight weeks after the transplantation of the cells, they saw that the PPLC's had led to the rise of functional, insulin-secreting beta cells."
This is some very cool stuff.
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