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Clustered stem cells become working insulin producers in potential cure for diabetes

•, Nick Lavars

More and more research is tracing this problem back to faulty beta cells in the pancreas that are failing to produce this hormone, and more and more research is uncovering potential pathways to restore their function. Medical scientists have now made a promising breakthrough in this area, describing a novel technology that converts stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells by harnessing an often overlooked step in their maturation.

Improperly functioning beta cells in the pancreas are thought to be central to type 1 diabetes, failing to produce much-needed insulin and keep tabs on sugar levels in the blood. Sufferers tend to this problem by manually monitoring blood-sugar levels and injecting insulin as needed, but this is laborious and uncomfortable.

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