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Probiotic helps treat diabetes in rats, could lead to human remedy

Science may be one step closer to treating with a human probiotic pill, according to new research.

Re-programmed Cell
This is an image showing a rat cell re-programmed to express HNF-6 (red) and insulin (green). The nucleus is stained blue. Re-printed with permission from Diabetes.
Credit:Re-printed with permission from Diabetes. Cornell University


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Franklin F. Duan, and John C. March, Engineered Commensal Bacteria Reprogram Intestinal Cells Into Glucose-Responsive Insulin-Secreting Cells for the Treatment of Diabetes, Published online before print Diabetes, January 27, 2015, doi: 10.2337/db14-0635

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Hartwell Foundation.

Cornell University