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Sep 19, 2008

Human Skin Cells turned into Insulin

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of medicine, scientists have successfully transformed human skin cells into cells that can produce insulin the Harmone that is used in the treatment of diabetes.
This discovery may one day lead to new treatment or even a cure for people who are affected by diabetese. This breakthrough achievement is done by reprogramming skin cells into pluripotent stem cells, or cells that can produce any other cell type, and then inducing them to transform into cells that perform a insulin secretion.

Lead author Yi Zhang said

"Not only have we shown that we can reprogram skin cells, but we have also demonstrated that these reprogrammed cells can be differentiated into insulin-producing cells which hold great therapeutic potential for diabetes"