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[IP] Research findings



I'd agree with you that the new info re: pumps and research on type 1 
diabetes interests me a lot.

Has this been posted on here previously?

Hope for Diabetics!  (from p. 9 of the University of Toronto Magazine)  
University of Toronto researchers have discovered potential stem cells in 
the pancreas--a finding that offers hope to the millions of diabetics 
worldwide who take insulin injections.

The researchers identified cells in the adult mouse pancreas capable of 
generating insulin-producing "beta cells".  "People have been intensely 
searching for pancreatic stem cells for a while now, and so our discovery of 
precursor cells within the adult pancreas that are capable of making new 
pancreatic cells is very exciting." says Simon Smukler, a PHD candidate in U 
of T's department of medical genetics and microbiology, who conducted the 
sudy along with U of T MD/PhD candidate Raewyn Seaberg and their supervisor, 
Professor Derek van der Kooy.  The scientists are now hoping to extend their 
research to prove that these beta cells are truly stem cells.

A finding Smukler considers equally exciting is their discovery that these 
pancreatic cells generated both neurons-cells associated with the workings 
of the brain and the nervous system--and beta cells. "The existing dogma 
states that fairly early in development, there is a distinction made between 
a group of cells destined to make the brain and another group destined to 
make the pancreas, "he says. "The idea that a single cell within the 
pancreas could make both beta cells and neurons is intriguing."

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