Experimental type 1 diabetes treatment shows promise

Findings in small group hint that DNA-based therapy could work

By Nathan Seppa, 12:14 PM June 27, 2013

Using an experimental DNA-based therapy, scientists might slow the self-destructive immune reaction against insulin-making cells that causes type 1 diabetes. The finding, appearing in the June 26 Science Translational Medicine, represents a promising but preliminary advance toward devising a treatment for the condition, which often strikes in childhood.

Lawrence Steinman of Stanford University and his colleagues injected 26 volunteers weekly with placebos. Another 54 got the experimental tr...

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