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More Effective Diabetes Treatment From Betatrophin Hormone
2013-04-26 04:57:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A hormone known as betatrophin could be the key to new, more effective treatments for type 2 diabetes, researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have discovered. Writing in the journal Cell, HSCI co-director Doug Melton and postdoctoral fellow Peng Yi report betatrophin causes the production rate of insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells to increase by as much as 30 times normal levels. According to the study,...

2008-08-08 15:00:00

By ELIE DOLGIN and MARK JOHNSON Harvard scientists have reprogrammed the cells of patients with various genetic illnesses back to an embryonic state, creating a bank of cells that researchers can use to study and fight disease. The 20 new cell lines span 10 different diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's and Down syndrome. They will offer scientists the chance to watch diseases progress in a laboratory dish and give researchers new targets for drugs. These and other cells...

2008-08-08 13:15:00

Scientists at Harvard have successfully created stem cells for 10 genetic disorders by using a new technique. Researchers say this will allow them an unprecedented change to watch the diseases develop in a lab dish, which could speed up efforts to find treatments for disorders that are hard to treat. Writing in the journal Cell, researchers said they plan to make the cell lines readily available to other scientists. Dr. George Daley and his colleagues at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute used...

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