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[IP] Insulin Expressing Cells from Mouse Embryonic Cells

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Applauds 
New Stem Cell Research Discovery...
.New York, April 26, 2001 
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) today welcomed 
the announcement that Ron McKay, Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Molecular 
Biology, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH), has generated cells expressing insulin 
and other pancreatic endocrine hormones from mouse embryonic cells. These 
results are being reported on April 26th in Science magazine. 
"Using mouse embryonic stem cells to create insulin secreting cells 
is an important discovery which holds great promise for patients seeking a 
cure for juvenile (or Type 1) diabetes," says Robert Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., 
Chief Scientific Officer of JDRF. "This exciting research is one more reason 
that the federal government should allow all forms of stem cell research to 
proceed within the framework of strict scientific and ethical safeguards, 
including adult and embryonic stem cell research, so that scientists can 
quicken the search for potential cures for disease." 
"Today we need greater understanding of the cellular and genetic 
events that could transform embryonic stem cells into organs and tissues," 
continues Dr. Goldstein. "These organs and tissues could be used for 
transplantation to restore function at a time when we face a serious shortage 
of organs for this purpose." 
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