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Common virus increases activity of T1D-risk genes in pancreatic islets

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Infection with a common virus known as coxsackievirus B has long been thought to be associated with the development of type 1 diabetes. Now, researchers have published evidence that this virus could be driving the activity of the very genes that increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.  Read More

Innovative biodegradable scaffold protects transplanted islets

A new technique that could drastically improve outcomes of human islet transplantation has been successful in a world-first clinical trial.

BioHub scaffold

The technique, developed by the US-based Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and supported in part by JDRF funding, involves transplanting islets in a biodegradable ‘scaffold’ into the omentum, a fold of tissue that covers and protects the abdominal organs. Read More