That's a Wrap: Polymer coatings fortify pancreas cells

By Aimee Cunningham, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

A technique that encapsulates cells in polymer might someday benefit people who receive pancreas-cell transplants for diabetes, researchers say.

In type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in pancreatic-cell clusters called islets. Patients then must inject themselves regularly with insulin to control blood glucose.

An experimental treatment that transfers a deceased donor's islets to another person can reduce the need for insulin, but the recipient must continuously...

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