|Hope for Diabetics? – A Pancreas in a Capsule |
The first human trial of a type 1 diabetes treatment using stem cells has finally begun. This fall, a San Diego man had two pouches of lab-grown pancreas cells, derived from human embryonic stem cells, inserted into his body through incisions in his back. The current test is mostly meant to test for safety, at least two other groups say they’ve also controlled diabetes in rodents and may soon start human trials of their own.