‘Living drug factories’ might treat diabetes and other diseases

'Living drug factories' might treat diabetes and other diseases
MIT researchers have devised a way to encapsulate therapeutic cells, such as pancreatic islet cells, to treat diabetes, in a flexible protective device. Credit: Felice Frankel

One promising way to treat diabetes is with transplanted islet cells that produce insulin when blood sugar levels get too low. However, patients who receive such transplants must take drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting the transplanted cells,…

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