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Curing Rats with Transplants

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Using embryonic cell and adult pig islets, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have alleviated diabetes in rats. This is great news for diabetics because there was no need for anti-rejection drugs as the transplants where accepted by the body. This was in part due to the dual procedure starting with embryonic pig pancreatic cells then the adult islets several weeks later. It looks as this process primed the bodies immune system to accept the islets.

This is the first long-term cross-species transplant without immune suppression, raising eyebrows to it’s potential in curing diabetes. The human body can react differently, so this would involve studies and tests before findings its value to the treatment in human diabetes. They already have the capability in transferring islets from other humans, but this is limited in numbers and involves immune-suppression drugs for the rest of their lives.  


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Shane is the primary website developer for and a fellow diabetic. He also contributes to the Blog when time permits. Shane is open to debate on the information he posts and/or what he believes in.

"I understand the world is not black or white, it consists of colorful layers, different from every angle, visually and physically."
  • Dale Flanigan
    Dale Flanigan Thursday, 13 September 2012

    I hope they do not lag getting this to the community!

    There are so many great scientists out there with great success stories in lab studies. I hope they can find it a priority to move this into the human species soon, because we are ready today! Thank for the post. ;)

  • John Gomez
    John Gomez Thursday, 13 September 2012

    Right! We need to speed this process up and stop allowing mega organizations dictate how our technology for saving lives is delegated to us. They need to for one end the patents and make anything that has to do with effecting a human life, 'open source' or free from control. This will allow those lower power /lower budget groups who's intentions are for the good have an opportunity to help. Well said my man Dale!

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