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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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My Personalized Beta Cells for Diabetes

My Personalized Beta Cells for Diabetes

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(p.49) Dialogue 8 My Personalized Beta Cells for Diabetes
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Stem Cell Dialogues
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Sheldon Krimsky

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.003.0008

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin discusses with Janet Richfield, a stem cell scientist, and Beverly Simpson, who has been living with type 1 diabetes her entire life, the progress in clinical trials involving personalized embryonic stem cells that eventually could lead to a cure for Simpson's diabetes. Richfield, Simpson's endocrinologist, is working on producing islet cells that can be transplanted to diabetics to cure their insulin deficiency. Here they talk about the promise of stem cell research in the treatment of type 1 diabetes; where stem cells come from and how they work; how personalized embryonic stem cells are going to help diabetics like Simpson; the process of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT); and the risks involved in SCNT.

Keywords:   type 1 diabetes, clinical trials, personalized embryonic stem cells, islet cells, insulin deficiency, stem cell research, stem cells, somatic cell nuclear transfer

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