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Stem cell diabetes hope

4th April 2008

A team from the University of Manchester, working with scientists from the University of Sheffield, have discovered a new technique for turning embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing pancreatic tissue.

The development is seen as significant and could help move forward new treatments for diabetes. The team has been able to genetically manipulate the stem cells to produce a transcription factor protein and found that transcription factor PAX4 encouraged embryonic stem cells to become pancreatic beta cells with the potential to produce insulin when transplanted into the body.


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