AskNadia: Can Human Cell Cloning Reverse Diabetes

Dear Nadia:  Can human cell cloning reverse my diabetes?  Amanda New Jersey Dear Amanda: The best answer at this point is “maybe.” But first, let’s define what human cell cloning means: That description applies to cloning a patient’s own adult stem cells (or embryonic stem cells from another source) and then making them develop into full-fledged pancreatic beta cells. Stem cells are called “pluripotent,” meaning

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy Tackles Diabetes Complications

By Brenda Neugent Despite a degree of controversy surrounding stem cell therapy, more scientists are starting to discover that adult stem cells are like tiny superheroes with the potential to ease the symptoms of a multitude of serious health problems. Among the most effective uses for stem cells include inflammation-based diseases such as type 2 diabetes as well as autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes

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Embryonic Cloning Takes Step Toward Treating Diabetes

For more than 100 years, scientists have been exploring the possibilities of cloning, which led to the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996 along with a wealth of other developments in the treatment of disease, including the recent embryonic cloning of a woman with diabetes. Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) were able to create an embryonic clone of the 32-year-old

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Stem Cell Research Points Way to Possible Type 1 Cure

Australian researchers have released a study on stem cells that potentially could lead to type 1s being able to make their own insulin, erasing the need for regular injections. Dr. Ilia Banakh and Professor Len Harrison from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne report that they not only devised a way to identify and isolate stem cells from the adult pancreas, but also

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Stem Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

A small Chinese study has reported that 15 of 28 young type 1 patients, aged 14 to 30 years, who underwent an experimental adult stem cell procedure were able to stay off insulin injections for an average of 18 months. Though not conclusive, the study highlights an interesting avenue of research that could eventually dramatically reduce insulin dependence among type 1s. The patients were enrolled

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Scientists Use Rats’ Own Stem Cells to Cure Their Diabetes

Using stem cells that they extracted from the brains of diabetic lab rats, and turning them into insulin-producing pancreatic cells, Japanese scientists may be on the road to a virtual cure for diabetes that comes from people’s own brains. Led by Tomoko Kuwabara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba Science City, Japan, a team of scientists extracted neural tissue

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