Experts see potential of fetal tissue in diabetes treatment

09/7/2011 | Yahoo!

A study in mice revealed that mesenchyme tissues, found in the fetus during the early stages of development, release chemicals that enable insulin-producing beta cells to mature and expand. The findings in PLoS Biology suggest that identifying chemicals the tissue secretes may enable health professionals to develop fully functional beta cells from stem cells in aid of type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, experts said.

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