Insulin-Producing Cells Made in the Liver
All along we had believed that insulin is produced in pancreatic cells. According to University of Technology Sydney Australia, news article, UTS professor Ann Simpson developed the insulin-producing cells, known as “Melligen” cells, with colleagues. The 20-year project has focused on coaxing insulin production from the liver. Simpson says that the idea behind her research came when she realized that the pancreas and liver have similar biological makeup. She believed there was a way to activate liver cells so that they could act like insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
It appears Nuvilex, a biotechnology company has , purchased the rights to the cells and will be working to get the product on the market in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.
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