Sounds simple, but it hasn’t been. It took [researcher Doug] Melton and his team 15 years to unveil each molecular step required to coax a stem cell into a pancreatic beta cell able to sense glucose and secrete insulin…
…[Harvard professor] William Sahlman…says “people are prepared to put very large amounts of money on the experiments.” One reason: the global market for insulin exceeds $30 billion a year. Tests strips and monitors might double that.
…[Melton] still has no timeline for when [his] implantable biotech pancreas could be ready. That means Melton’s children will have to wait a while longer. “I’m sorry it takes so long,” says Melton, “but it is going to work.”
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Will Embryonic Stem Cells Ever Cure Anything?