An interesting article in Nature (see HERE) has reported the possibility of producing pancreatic β-cells from iPS cells obtained using cells from the patient himself. The cells produced express pancreatic β-cell markers, respond to glucose — both in vitro and in vivo — and are sensitive to the action of anti-diabetic drugs. The authors concluded that if used together with a pharmacological treatment, the cells produced could be used in the treatment of diabetic patients, to evaluate drugs and also to gain further understanding of the biology of pancreatic β-cells.
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