Thursday, August 28, 2008

Diabetes researchers convert pancreas cells to produce insulin - Los Angeles Times

Diabetes researchers convert pancreas cells to produce insulin - Los Angeles Times

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 28, 2008

"Injecting a cocktail of proteins directly into the bodies of diabetic mice, researchers have converted normal pancreas cells into insulin-producing cells -- a genetic transformation that could pave the way for treating intractable diseases and injuries using a patient's own supply of healthy tissue."

Having read this article about using proteins to change the properties of functioning cells to perform the work of non functioning cells shows promise. I do have my concerns, but this definitely requires additional research to address my concerns about their delivery by a virus, and if they have the ability to turn the method off.

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