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A team of scientists at an American medical school have managed to cure diabetes in mice for up to nine months, after injecting the rodents with insulin-producing cells created from human stem cells.
the scientists were able morph human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) into pancreatic beta cells that make insulin – which were then transplanted into mice suffering from "severe diabetes" at levels which could even be fatal for a person.
"When we gave the mice the insulin-secreting cells, within two weeks their blood glucose levels had returned to normal and stayed that way for many months,"
originally posted by: seattlerat
Great that rodents are being cured of a disease that affects humans, wonderful that it may lead to treatments for primates How many mice have been killed as part of the research? When can we move past using animal models and rely on less archaic computer models? These creatures (mice and other laboratory animals) are conscious feeling beings, subjecting them to this kind of horrible life and often pointless death is, in my opinion, evil - no matter what the outcome.