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April 26, 2005

Brain Stem Cells Coaxed to Produce Insulin

Topics: Medicine

- Forbes.com
Researchers have found a way to transform neural stem cells into insulin-producing cells -- a discovery that could one day lead to a possible cure for the blood sugar disease diabetes.

That's the claim of a study published in the April 26 issue of PLoS Medicine.

The idea is to use these transformed cells to replace lost insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas.

In research with neural stem cells in a lab dish, Stanford University researchers developed a specific combination of chemicals that prompted the neural stem cells to mature into insulin-producing cells. They ended up with cells that produced insulin and released it in response to sugar.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 26, 2005 11:49 AM



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