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An eye towards islets

20:00 EDT 22 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(University of Pittsburgh) The National Science Foundation has funded a multi-university study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering who are investigating the use of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to engineer pancreatic islets in the lab. A major goal of the research is to develop a method of vascularizing islets in vitro -- literally 'in glass' -- which studies suggest will result in higher viability and enhanced function after the transplant.

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