Insulin producing beta cells a better alternative to organ transplant

Now there is a new hope for type 1 diabetics as the researchers of Tel Aviv University has developed a new cure which is based on beta cell therapy. This beta cell therapy involves the formation of insulin producing beta cells from human tissue outside the human body and then injecting the same cells in the pancreas to make insulin. This new cure if successful will open a new way for the diabetic patient who have left no other option than organ transplant.

The experiment was done by Prof. Shimon Efrat from TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, involving beta cells. The researchers who are one of the best research group in beta cell expansion has developed an insulin producing cells from insulin producing beta cells from human tissue in the laboratory.

Prof Efrat says that, this invention is in its initial stage and soon will reach to its next stage, which will be to convince these beta cells to produce insulin in the human body and to make the body accept these new cells during transplantation.

Type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of diabetes appears when the body’s immune system stops working properly and destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. These shortage of insulin inhibits the breakdown of food into energy. By the time diagnosis is made, most beta cells are destroyed and the condition becomes so fatal that no other option leaves than organ transplant.


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