A new breakthrough announced by researchers from Salk Institute that could lead directly not just a treatment, but a cure to end diabetes in humans.
Through a decade and tireless research into stem cell science, developmental biology, and direct genetic manipulation, it’s an exciting and practical piece of medical science.
Diabetes, as we all know, comes from the loss of functioning beta cells in the pancreas. This happens because the cells themselves actually die or becomes insensitive to chemical that supposed to control them. In some cases it is based in large or small amount of beta cells that doesn’t produce and release right amount of insulin to regulate glucose levels in the blood.
Researchers have found out that putting functioning beta cells can replace the bad or missing ones. That’s what Salk researchers achieved, by properly directing an induced pluripotent stem cell to become a fully functioning pancreatic beta cell. This team got it all working at once.
With positive results in their study, it can be practical and applicable to the real world and can be potentially available in the mass market.