New Type of Insulin-Producing Cell Discovered

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 In people with type I diabetes, insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas die and are not replaced. Without these cells, the body loses the ability to control blood glucose. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have now discovered a possible new route to regenerating beta cells, giving insight into the basic mechanisms behind healthy metabolism and diabetes. Eventually, such research could lead to better treatment or cures for diabetes. Dr. Huising is senior author on a paper on the work published April 4 in the journal Cell Metabolism.