Stem cells from umbilical cord ‘goo’ delay type 1 diabetes progression

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Scanning electron micrograph of mesenchymal stem cells, derived from an umbilical cord, grown in a gel culture


A scanning electron micrograph showing mesenchymal stem cells, derived from an umbilical cord, that were grown in a gel culture

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Stem cells taken from babies’ umbilical cords can delay the progression of type 1 diabetes in other people, a small trial has shown.

Type 1 diabetes usually begins in teenagers and young adults, when their immune system starts to mistakenly attack cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. People with the condition therefore have to inject artificial insulin.

To explore the potential of stem cells …



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