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FUTURE DIABETES TREATMENT? HUMAN SKIN CELLS COAXED TO MAKE INSULIN




Human skin cells can be reprogrammed to produce the hormone insulin, which could one day help patients better control their diabetes. However, the new cells, which researchers described Jan. 6 in the journal Nature Communications, are still in the early phases of development. Scientists have tested these cells in lab dishes but have not placed them into the human body to see if they can produce insulin in that setting. Additionally, the researchers noted, the cells are not completely identical to the human pancreatic cells that normally produce insulin in the body. What's more, although the cells could potentia


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