Researcher, Larry Denner, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, is hoping to use cord blood to cure diabetes. Denner has discovered a method to engineer insulin producing cells from cord blood stem cells.
His research protocol was developed through the analysis of the normal embryological development of the pancreas. While he has not actually developed a pancreas, he has been successful in creating cells that can manufacture insulin.
Denner believes that his protocol might someday be used to create a completely new pancreas for a patient. While that is a possibility, he is currently concentrating his research on whether the insulin producing cells, that he has created in the laboratory, can help patients with diabetes.
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