Diabetes Cured in Mice Using New Human Stem Cell Therapy

Diabetes Cured in Mice Using New Human Stem Cell Therapy

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have cured mice of diabetes using a new human stem cell therapy. The technique converts human stem cells into insulin-producing cells. When the insulin secreting cells were infused into mice with severe diabetes, within two weeks their blood glucose levels returned to normal and stayed that way for many more months.

Principal investigator Jeffrey R. Millman, PhD said the new technique can more efficiently convert human stem cells into insulin-producing cells. Therefore making the cells more effectively control blood sugar. Millman suggested there is much more research to do before the therapy can be used on people with diabetes.

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