Islet cells transplanted to arm appear to be functioning

08/19/2008 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Physicians at a Texas hospital have removed a woman's pancreas, stripped it of its islet cells, purified and processed them, and transplanted them into her arm, where they have lodged in a muscle and are creating insulin. The liver currently is the most effective location for islet cell transplantation, but it can't be used in all cases. Obstacles still remain, but researchers hope this will be a step toward beefing up efforts to use stem cells to treat those with diabetes.

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