Harvard team "cures" diabetes in mice with stem cells; similar clinical trial is launched

By Barbarbarbarbar Latest Reply 2014-10-26 11:06:35 -0500
Started 2014-10-25 15:41:02 -0500

In a recent paper the Harvard team of Doug Melton reported curing mice with diabetes using both adult and embryonic stem cells,just as a clinical trial was starting in California: http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/...

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GabbyPA 2014-10-26 02:56:16 -0500 Report

That is great news. Are you out there where you can be part of the trial? I know Steve had posted this information, but it didn't say anything about clinical trials on it. That is always a great step toward finding things out. Stemcell research is amazing stuff.

Barbarbarbarbar 2014-10-26 11:01:49 -0500 Report

Go to the ViaCyte website, which will direct you to the NIH website. The trial is going on in a few states, one is I think Texas…40 patients.

jayabee52 2014-10-25 21:50:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Barbar
Thanks for sharing this article.
However, I will get excited when human trials produce results. There are a lot of things which could be stumbling blocks between mouse and higher primate studies and then human trials. I have seen articles something like this for many years touting mouse studies as holding a promise for diabetes cures, but nothing has come from them.

But thanks for sharing!

God's best to you

Barbarbarbarbar 2014-10-26 11:06:35 -0500 Report

OK, but as noted, there is a clinical trial going on now. The first patient was just screened. The method is ViaCyte's, not Harvard's. But either way, things are moving I think. Harvard's method in particular is meticulous. The top doc meticulously went through the hundreds of growth factors et al involved in development of beta cells, to precisely recreate that process. Pretty exciting!