Islets in the (blood)stream


Collagen-shrouded blobs of pancreatic cells could treat diabetes.


An islet of pancreatic cells in a collagen solution.
An islet of pancreatic cells in a collagen solution.
Purdue University / Clarissa Hernandez Stephens

The image above shows a tiny blob or islet of pancreatic cells packaged in a collagen solution.

When injected into mice with induced diabetes, the collagen/pancreas cell solution allowed the mice to achieve normal blood glucose levels for three months or more.

The researchers next plan to test the injections on diabetic dogs before moving on to human trials.

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