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Diabetes stem cell therapy readied
San Diego Union-Tribune

In an historic announcement for the stem cell field, San Diego’s ViaCyte said Thursday it has applied to start human clinical trials of its treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

ViaCyte grows replacement insulin-producing cells from human embryonic stem cells. The cells are packaged while maturing in a semi-permeable device and implanted. In animal trials, the cells produce insulin, relieving diabetes.

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