New York City—While an autoimmune disease of any type is a serious condition that is often difficult to treat, finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is particularly daunting because of the nature of the pancreas and its insulin-producing beta cells.
“The pancreas is pathetic at regeneration,” said Douglas Melton, PhD, of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.
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