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Re: [IP] MNMD funding research

At 03:13 PM 4/27/2001 email @ redacted wrote:
 > MNMD is making sure it gets all the pieces of the...er...pie...so to
 >speak...prove how good pumps are for EVERYONE, and then watch the profits
 >just fall into the coffers!! They are commited to helping all diabetics! 
 >is great, but I still would rather have a CURE!!!

If they funded support for curing diabetes, then who would want to buy 
pumps?? They would be shooting themselves in the foot it they did that. 
Very few companies are in business for totally idealistic reasons.

Talking about a cure, I found another interesting article on that subject:

>Friday April 27 5:37 AM ET
>Scientists Progress on Stem Cells
>By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer
>WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists experimenting with embryonic stem cells say 
>in two studies that they have taken important steps toward finding new 
>treatments for diabetes and for Parkinson's disease (news - web sites).
>The two studies, appearing Friday in the journal Science, were conducted 
>in laboratory mice. The Bush administration continues to ban federal 
>funding of research using human embryonic stem cells.
>At the National Institutes of Health (news - web sites), researchers 
>cultured stem cells from mouse embryos to form a complex that secreted 
>insulin, potentially an important step toward a diabetes cure.
>In another study, researchers at Rockefeller University and Sloan 
>Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York created a cloned mouse embryo and 
>then cultured its stem cells into neurons that made dopamine, a brain 
>chemical that is missing in patients with Parkinson's disease.
>Nadya Lumelsky of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, lead 
>author in the diabetes study, said that her team found a way, using 
>special proteins, to make mouse embryonic stem cells grow into islet cells 
>of the type that produce insulin, a hormone that Type 1 diabetes patients lack.
>``They formed into structures that are reminiscent of pancreatic islets,'' 
>said Lumelsky. ``They are organized in a similar fashion.''
>She said that when glucose, or sugar, was added to the medium surrounding 
>the cells, they produced small amounts of insulin, responding just as 
>islet cells do in the pancreas.
>NIH scientists are forbidden by federal law from doing the same experiment 
>using human embryo cells, but Lumelsky said the team will test 
>insulin-producing stem cells by putting them into mice that have diabetes. 
>In theory, the transplanted stem cells could cure diabetes in the animals.
>Dr. Robert Goldstein, chief scientific officer of the Juvenile Diabetes 
>Research Foundation, hailed the work by Lumelsky and her team as ``an 
>important discovery which holds great promise for patients seeking a cure 
>for juvenile (Type 1) diabetes.''
>Tony Perry, a co-author of the other stem cell paper, said that his team 
>proved that cloning may be a new pathway toward making stem cells to treat 
>complex diseases.
>In the study, researchers used techniques like those used to clone Dolly, 
>the famous sheep.
>Perry said the researchers removed a cell from an adult mouse and 
>extracted the genetic pattern. They then removed the nucleus from a mouse 
>egg and replaced it with the genes from the adult mouse cell. They 
>cultured this egg to form an embryo and make stem cells that genetically 
>matched the original adult mouse.
>These stem cells were then transformed into neurons that produce dopamine 
>in the brain. Parkinson's disease is caused by the lack of dopamine.
>``The vision behind this therapeutic cloning is to take a cell from a 
>patient and create an unlimited supply of a specialized cell that can be 
>used for therapy in that patient,'' said Perry. Such cells would match the 
>cells of the patient and would not be rejected, he said.
>``This was the first step in showing this kind of therapy might work,'' 
>said Dr. Lorenz Studer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a 
>co-author of the study.
>Embryonic stem cells are among the first cells formed after conception. 
> From these cells, all the tissues in the body evolve. Scientists believe 
>the cells could be used to restore ailing hearts, livers and other organs.
>Many people, including some members of congress, object to human embryonic 
>stem cell studies because harvesting the stem cells kills the human 
>embryo. Congress has banned federally funded research that kills a human 
>The proposed NIH guidelines get around this restriction by permitting 
>federal funding of studies using embryonic stem cells that have been 
>harvested by privately funded researchers.
>Bush ordered that the new guidelines not be followed until after an HHS 
>The first federal funding of human embryo stem cell research was 
>originally scheduled to be awarded this summer.
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