Re­search pro­vides hope for a di­a­betes cure

Pilbara News - - News - Jake Di­etsch

A ground­break­ing step to­wards a pos­si­ble cure for di­a­betes has been an­nounced by re­searchers at Curtin Univer­sity. The team de­vel­oped tiny cap­sules ca­pa­ble of host­ing cells, which form ar­ti­fi­cial or­gans ca­pa­ble of re­leas­ing in­sulin, act­ing as re­place­ments for dam­aged or­gans.

The se­nior lec­turer of phar­ma­ceu­tics and biotech­nol­ogy at Curtin, Hani Al-Salami — the lead au­thor of the re­search — said his team was the first to pro­duce cap­sules that could host houses of cells for an ex­tended time. “With our cap­sules, you don’t have to in­ject in­sulin,” Dr Al-Salami said.

Tests be­gan two-and-a-half years ago.

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