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Diabetes and Stem Cell Research

Apr 24, 2008
The research about stem cells has been very controversial. The issues in the advent of stem cell research as well as the health care distinction are some of the topics that have been delved into by many medical experts as well as those suffering from certain illnesses such as migraine and diabetes. The most part that has caught the interest of these experts is where these cells are from. There are so many sources associated with stem cells. These cells may either be from the blood in the umbilical cord, embryos or from old age.

The cure for diabetes, as well as more improved treatments, may lie in stem cell research. The American Diabetes Association supports this type of research, and has worked diligently to obtain funding. The American Diabetes Association is also fighting to eliminate bans on stem cell research pertaining to diabetes.

UC Berkeley and Stanford University are two schools that are joining forces on a project to encourage cooperation among scientists who do stem cell research.

Doctors, biologists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists from the two schools formerly cited, are joining forces to talk about their effort and to contributions with students and staff.

Both universities are deeply caught up in embryonic stem cell research, which scientists anticipate will provide treatments or cures for such diseases as diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

As a symbol of their new partnership, the campuses aim to reserve space in their stem cell laboratories for stopover researchers who want to use their sabbaticals functioning with colleagues at the other school.

A biotechnology company, VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc., make use of embryonic stem cell technologies to discover and create new drugs for diabetes, publicized an extensive embryonic stem cell research unification with Toronto's University Health Network, Canada's foremost research hospital, and its stem cell research associate, the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

The new alliance positions VistaGen to continue to influence the embryonic stem cell biology knowledge and leading-edge embryonic stem cell technologies of Dr. Gordon Keller, one of the world's leading stem cell researchers and the Director of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine. VistaGen and Dr. Keller anticipate conducting research into advanced techniques to tell the difference between embryonic stem cells into mature cardiac, liver, and pancreatic beta-islet cells. This will improve VistaGen's industry-leading, in vitro biological systems and bioinformatics databases for prognostic toxicology applications.

The newly maintained research program is based on VistaGen's present strategic licenses to Dr. Keller's past embryonic stem cell intellectual property, and encompasses new embryonic stem cell-based research ventures.

VistaGen also is hoping to use the results of this research to develop the next generation of its adapted embryonic stem cell-based heart, liver and pancreatic beta-islet cell differentiation systems for discovering innovative drugs to treat heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.

Yet another group of researchers from the Spring Point Project has been leading efforts to provide a cure by injecting insulin-producing islet cells from pigs into diabetics. Research showed that transplanting healthy human islet cells in diabetics could turn around the disease. But due to a shortage of human donor organs access is limited to such cells.

Dr. Bernhard Hering together with his group worked on islet cell transplants from pigs to monkeys. They found out that the cell transplanted to monkey turned out to be a long-term diabetes reversal. Dr. Hering presented presentation in PowerPoint. This presentation included a chart that showed inconsistent counts in the blood sugar up to a certain level in monkeys. This research most especially the use of pig has proved very useful. Some of the areas shown are the bowels in transplants and pig valves. Accordingly, the skin of the pigs can also be used to replace the skin of the human.

Due to the fact that this is introducing foreign cells into a body, those receiving the transplants would have to take medication to make sure they did not reject the cells. There could be side effects, but at this time, it is unknown how serious they could be, and the side effects could vary from patient to patient.

Sooner, the very first experiment on the different severities of diabetes will be clinically tried especially to those who cannot check their blood sugar levels constantly. These people are also those who experience different episodes of the disease.

The controversy on the research about stem cells are yet to end until the status will be different from the present. The issues and controversies may only end if the stem cells will be developed from a specific source.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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