exciting development

I’m going to link to the slashdot post here instead of the actual article, because news articles have a bad habit of disappearing.

clicky here

The last paragraph:

The researchers say if it all goes well, that it’s possible that antigen-specific DNA vaccines could one day be developed for treatment of related diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s probably too late for this research to benefit Benjamin directly, because once type 1 diabetes kills off the cells in the pancreas there’s no going back. If stem-cell research results in a way of growing new beta cells in a type 1 diabetic, this research could keep his body from destroying them like it did the first time.

One response to “exciting development”

  1. Freakin awesome. Humanity can be cripplingly disappointing, and in cases like this, astonishingly ennobling.

    It may well be in time to help your son, too. I’m far from an expert, but you don’t need to be one to know that disorders of the endocrine system are more stable and easy to manage after puberty – by the time he is through that hormonal whitewater, this discovery may have become a technology.

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