Gut Cells Could be used to Make Insulin for Type 1 Diabetics

June 30, 2014 7:14 PM

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The natural cells that exist in the human gut could be the key to treating people with type 1 diabetes. According to a new study, scientists found that these gut cells can be coaxed into making insulin, which is the hormone that these diabetics lack in their body.

"The search for the 'holy grail' is to produce a source of insulin producing cells either for transplantation or to convert the body's own cells to make sufficient insulin," said one expert, Dr. Derek LeRoith, professor of medicine and diabetes at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New ...

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