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Engineered ‘mini-organs’ produce insulin in mice | KurzweilAI

Engineered ‘mini-organs’ produce insulin in mice | KurzweilAI

Harvard University scientists have made major progress in dealing with a long-standing hurdle in treating diabetic patients.

People with diabetes have high blood sugar because their pancreatic beta cells (which store and release insulin) are not producing enough insulin. In type 1 diabetes (“juvenile diabetes”), the beta cells are even destroyed. In most cases, physicians treat type 1 diabetes with insulin injections, but people with complications may require pancreas implants or pancreatic islets from another person to replace those defective beta cells.

Source: Engineered ‘mini-organs’ produce insulin in mice | KurzweilAI