Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New Tests Suggest Adult Stem Cells Can Produce Insulin for Type I Diabetes

Cord Blood America, Inc...the umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation company focused on bringing the life saving potential of stem cells to families nationwide and internationally, today saluted researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston who announced, in Science Daily, that they have engineered adult stem cells from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin.

This fundamental discovery could help cure type I diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, the Texas researchers said. The paper announcing the work after nearly four years of research said this is "the first demonstration that human umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells can be engineered" to synthesize insulin. The researchers said umbilical cord blood was used because it is an especially rich source of fresh stem cells...

Read the rest of this Forbes article here.