n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Diabetes researchers track cells' ability to regenerate




Vanderbilt University scientists have found evidence that the insulin-secreting beta-cells of the pancreas, which are either killed or become dysfunctional in the two main forms of diabetes, have the capacity to regenerate. The surprising finding, posted online by earlier this year, suggests that by understanding how regeneration occurs, scientists may one day be able to stop or reverse the rising tide of diabetes. 'The study provides clues to how we might learn what signals promote beta-cell regeneration in type 1 and type 2 diabetes', said Dr Alvin Powers, the senior author and director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.


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