Pig pancreatic cells may aid in diabetes treatment

01/17/2012 | Minnesota Public Radio

Germ-free pigs raised in a special environment may soon provide pancreatic islet cells that could help treat diabetes in humans. The pig project is part of a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, called Decade of Discovery, which aims to cure diabetes within 10 years. Other aspects of the project include reprogramming human skin cells to act like islet cells.

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