Scientists Reprogram Pancreas Cells To Produce Insulin

August 28, 2008

A new report published in the online edition of the journal Nature has provided some major hope for those suffering from diabetes.  Scientists have found a new way to take normal pancreas cells from adult mice, and reprogram them into insulin-producing beta cells.....Boston (ChattahBox) – A new report published in the online edition of the journal Nature has provided some major hope for those suffering from diabetes. Scientists have found a new way to take normal pancreas cells from adult mice, and reprogram them into insulin-producing beta cells.

Researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have discovered this new technique which allows them to reprogram pancreas cells into insulin-producing beta cells, without the need to use stem cells.

Scientists, skipping the stem cell step, have found a way to go directly from one type of cell to another.

They were able to do this by injecting these exocrine cells of the pancreas with certain genes.

This allowed them to convert the cells into endrocrine cells, capable of producing insulin.

The new technique was found to be a success in 20% of the cells which were treated, enough to try it out on human cells.

The hope is that this could lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes.


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