Newly-dis­cov­ered cell to cure di­a­betes

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

Amer­i­can sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered a new type of pan­creas cell, which could lead to a fu­ture cure for type 1 di­a­betes. The new cell type can de­velop into beta cells, which di­a­betes suf­fer­ers lack. Like beta cells, the new­ly­dis­cov­ered cells are able to pro­duce in­sulin, but they can­not reg­is­ter the blood su­gar level. Sci­en­tists now aim to find out how the cells de­velop into beta cells. If they are suc­cess­ful, it might be pos­si­ble to recre­ate beta cells in di­a­betic pa­tients and so help their own bod­ies elim­i­nate the life-af­fect­ing con­di­tion.

Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered a new cell type in the pan­creas, which may help cure di­a­betes.

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