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Islet Cell Transplant: Still Promising?

This experimental pancreas procedure might eliminate the need for insulin injections in some people with diabetes. But it isn't easy, so other islet-cell alternatives are being researched.

Islet Sheets, Viruses, and Stem Cells continued...

But because the newly minted insulin-secreting cells are derived from a type of non-specialized cell found only in the earliest stages of embryonic development, a human version of the treatment would face stiff opposition from the political and religious right, who oppose medical research using cells derived from human embryos.

In 2001, the Bush administration announced a ban on research using cells derived from newly-created embryos (such as those discarded daily by fertility clinics), restricting scientists to working with currently available stem-cell lines; stem cell researchers said the decision cripples their ability to do meaningful research, and could delay the development of life-saving treatments -- like those for diabetes -- by years or even decades.

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Reviewed on June 18, 2004

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