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2009-08-08 12:13:03

A team of European and U.S. researchers say they're getting closer to altering pancreatic cells to produce insulin to cure Type 1 diabetes. Altering cells to produce insulin would help diabetics metabolize sugar and reduce or eliminate the need for daily insulin injections, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. A team of scientists led by Patrick Collombat, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany, reprogrammed pancreatic cells in diabetic mice by...

2009-08-06 13:30:16

Researchers have found a way in mice to convert another type of pancreas cell into the critical insulin-producing beta cells that are lost in those with type I diabetes. The secret ingredient is a single transcription factor, according to the report in the August 7th issue of Cell, a Cell Press journal.When the gene called Pax4 is forced on in pancreatic alpha cells, the cells change their identity to become beta cells, the researchers found. The body in turn senses a loss of alpha cells,...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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