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An eye towards islets


August 23, 2017

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 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. Full Story

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