Harvard stem cell researchers announced a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects an estimated 3 million Americans.

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Human stem cell derived beta cells
Photo by B. D. Colen/Harvard Staff; Image courtesy of Doug Melton

Doug Melton (photo 1), Harvard’s Xander University Professor, and his team announced that they have made a tremendous gain on the type 1 diabetes front. “We are now just one preclinical step away from the finish line,” he said. This slide image (photo 2) depicts human stem cell-derived beta cells that have formed islet-like clusters in a mouse. The cells were transplanted to the kidney capsule. This photo was taken two weeks later. The beta cells are making insulin, curing the diabetes in the mouse.

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