Scientists transform human skin cells into insulin-producing cells

UPI (9/18) reported that researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill “transformed cells from human skin into cells that produce insulin – the hormone used to treat diabetes.” According to details published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, “the technique – pioneered by Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan – involves reprogramming skin cells into pluripotent stem cells…and then inducing them to differentiate, or transform, into cells that perform a particular function – in this case, secreting insulin.” The “breakthrough may lead to new treatments.”