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Mouse Sut shows new way to treat Type 1 Diabetes

June 11, 2012 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Mice—generally regarded as pests—may actually hold the key to curing diabetes within their gut.

Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center discovered that cells in the intestine of mice can be coaxed into producing insulin, by blocking a certain type of gene. Professor of Medicine Dr. Domenico Accili, MD., and Chutima Talchai, PhD., found that when they turned-off Foxol – a gene that plays a big role in determining a cell’s fate –the mouse’s intestine was able to generate insulin-producing cells throughout adulthood.

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