Technology to build an artificial pancreas is one step closer thanks to improvements in biotechnology discovered by West Australian researchers.
A team from Curtin University uncovered data for creating better quality nanocapsules, “tiny houses” used to grow healthy cells that could function as their own organs, potentially offering new treatment options for many diseases including type 1 diabetes.
“Currently, many diseases are not treatable because of the inability of the body to regenerate damaged cells,” lead researcher Hani Al-Salami said.
Type 1 diabetes causes the body to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas which after 10 to 20 years die off permanently.
The paper, published in Molecular Pharmaceutics, found new cells grown in the nanocapsules could be implanted in the body, replacing damaged cells. AAP