November 16, 2011

Of Stem Cell and Cures:

Diabetes and the stem cell promise 
The search for a cure, or even a less-complicated treatment, is still on a long road to its goal. 
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2011 
Ever since scientists started talking about the medical potential of embryonic stem cells, curing Type 1 diabetes has been one of the dearest dreams.
When researchers announced in 1998 that they had derived stem cells from human embryos, their landmark report flagged juvenile-onset diabetes as a disease that might be treated by stem cell transplants. 
In the run-up to the 2004 vote on California's Proposition 71, diabetes was repeatedly mentioned as a target by scientists campaigning to form a state-backed stem cell agency. 
Years later, the promise remains. But success has been elusive. MORE
Spoiler alert: The last line of this article is the the most telling and why better treatments matter as well as cure research: "Next century, when you look back at it, two decades won't seem like much. But for those affected right now, every month is too long.",0,5759144.story


  1. I've made some tweaks to my blog post (mostly graphics), but added another reference to this article. Check it out (again) at .

  2. I should have pointed out I read the article based on one of Scott's Tweets.