New hope for diabetes cure

New hope for diabetes cure

Scientists are hoping a cure for Type 1 diabetes is getting closer after they managed to halt the condition for six months in an experiment involving insulin-producing cells.

A team of experts from hospitals and institutions in the US, including Harvard University, have succeeded in transplanting cells into mice which immediately began producing insulin.

Within the experiment, the team showed they had found a way to prevent the body’s own immune system from knocking out the cells, meaning they continued to be effective.

Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 in the UK and the scientists hope this latest work will bring a cure a step closer.

They are now looking to try out the work on people suffering from the illness.

The findings follow on from news revealed at the end of 2014 that experts had found a way to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells.

The man who was behind that breakthrough – Professor Doug Melton from Harvard – has been trying to find a cure for the disease since his son Sam was diagnosed with it as a baby.

The professor also worked on the new studies.

The findings, published in the journals Nature Medicine and Nature Biotechnology, were funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).


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