6/24/2013 7:06:00 AM
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Scientists have coaxed clusters of insulin-making human cells to reproduce in the lab, which removes a significant obstacle to one day transplanting the cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. Efforts to make this treatment possible have been limited by a dearth of insulin-producing beta cells that can be removed from donors after death, and by the stubborn refusal of human beta cells to proliferate in the laboratory after harvesting.
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