Possible Diabetes Cure

Graphic diagrams how University of Minnesota researchers were able to transplant insulin-producing cells from a donor to a patient with diabetes, treating or even curing the disease. Minneapolis Star Tribune 2013

With BC-MED-DIABETES-CURE:MS, Minneapolis Star Tribune by Dan Browning

Johnson & Johnson, who has been working on curing diabetes, recently joined forces with biotech company ViaCyte to develop a treatment to cure diabetes. Fox News says that they have already started testing on a small number of diabetic patients. If the human trials works as well as the ones on animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing for diabetics. The therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells in a lab dish to turn into insulin-producing cells, then putting them inside a small capsule that is implanted under the skin. The capsule protects the cells from the immune system, which otherwise would attack them as invaders. This is something that has been stopping other research projects. If this project succeeds, Fox News says that the product could be available in several years for Type 1 diabetes patients and down the road could also treat insulin-using Type 2 diabetics. This one is actually the real deal. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, but with this project that number could be coming down soon.

About Rachel Reichelderfer

My name is Rachel Reichelderfer. I am a senior here at BHS. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer! Go Wildcats!