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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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