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Scientists Cure Diabetes at University of Texas through Gene Transfer

Written by Wamiq Ali

A new technique which is developed after some RnD in the university of Texas actually cures type 1 Diabetes through the implantation of insulin-making cells. This technique has been tested on the mice and trials would be started on humans in around 3 years. May 5, researchers reported to media:

They have cured diabetes of type 1 through successful experiments on mice using a technique known as gene transfer.

I think it’s rightly said that the future is already here! Insulin made by the body to reduce the sugar levels is only produced through the beta cells. Type 1 diabetes affects the body in such a way that the immune system starts to destroy these beta cells. In type 2 diabetes the beta cells still have some ability to make the insulin despite failing.

The researchers have already patented the technique. They plan on commercialising the technique very soon. Not to mention, FDA has already approved this technique known as Gene Transfer. These researchers say:

There are many cells in the pancreas. The sole goal of this technique is to alter those cells in such a way that they start to secrete insulin. This insulin must only be secreted in the response to the glucose. – Dr Ralph DeFronzo

This process precisely controls the blood sugar level. The diabetes insulin injection is an open loop blood sugar level control. This means that sometimes the patient ends up reducing the blood sugar level beyond expectations. This happens because of more than necessary insulin intakes. Dr. Bruno added:

This works perfectly. We cured the mice for almost one year and we found no side effects.

Source: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

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