Harvard is now announcing that, 15 years into its research, it has successfully coaxed human embryonic stem cells into ones that produce insulin. When those cells were transferred to diabetic mice, they behaved as healthy cells do and regulated blood sugar. “We can cure their diabetes right away—in less than 10 days,” researcher Doug Melton tells NPR.
Six months later, that was still the case, reports CBS News, which calls the research possibly “the biggest breakthrough in years toward a cure.”
We live in amazing times. Great news.