Stem cells and possible treatments for diabetes have long been the focus of researchers,? says Scott Wolf, Director of Research and CEO of Grace Century. ?Once the ceiling is clearly penetrated, prepare yourself for a tsunami of advancements.”
Could this stem cell breakthrough offer an end to diabetes?
Expert promised his sick son he’d find a cure
- Research into a cure for diabetes could result in an end to insulin injections
- It has been hailed as the biggest medical breakthrough since antibiotics
- Harvard researcher Doug Melton promised his children he’d find a cure
- Treatment involves making insulin-producing cells from stem cells
- Scientists hope to have human trials under way within a ‘few years’
Scientists have hailed stem-cell research into a cure for diabetes as potentially the biggest medical breakthrough since antibiotics.
It could result in an end to insulin injections, and to the disabling and deadly complications of the disease, such as strokes and heart attacks, blindness and kidney disease.
The treatment, which involves making insulin-producing cells from stem cells, was described as a ‘phenomenal accomplishment’ that will ‘leave a dent in the history of diabetes’.
Scientists yesterday hailed stem-cell research into a cure for diabetes as potentially the biggest medical breakthrough since antibiotics
Harvard University researchers said they had made a ‘giant leap forward’ in the quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. This form affects 400,000 Britons, including almost 30,000 children.
It occurs when the immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make the insulin we need to turn the sugar in food into energy. Unable to make any insulin, type 1 diabetics need regular injections to stop blood sugar levels from fluctuating wildly.