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Squiggly green cilia on blue human pancreatic beta cells
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release
Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release

Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.

Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.

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hands of a person checking their blood glucose level with a monitor
Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Bianca Nogrady | May 3, 2022 | 7 min read
Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.
A stained tissue sample of metastatic pancreatic cancer
Tetanus Immunity Protects Mice Against Pancreatic Cancer
Amanda Heidt | Mar 24, 2022 | 3 min read
Because most people are vaccinated against tetanus as children, delivering benign bacteria carrying a tetanus antigen into pancreatic tumors makes them visible to memory cells in the immune system, researchers report.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020 | 3 min read
Lactation boosts the quantity and quality of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, likely reducing a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Infographic: How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020 | 1 min read
Breastfeeding reduces type 2 diabetes risk by boosting beta cells.
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Amy Schleunes | Feb 21, 2020 | 1 min read
Scientists have developed a tissue-clearing protocol that allows them to peer into entire, transparent human organs.
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Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019 | 8 min read
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
Drop in Infant Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Rotavirus Vaccination
Catherine Offord | Jan 23, 2019 | 2 min read
Results from an observational study find that the introduction of a routine vaccine in Australia coincided with a fall in the incidence of the autoimmune condition.
Image of the Day: Cellular Destiny
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 11, 2018 | 1 min read
Progenitor cells in the pancreas of humans get developmental cues from proteins in their environment.
Studies Unable to Reproduce Results of Two Diabetes Papers
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 10, 2018 | 5 min read
The original work found that an anti-malaria drug or the neurotransmitter GABA could increase the number of insulin-producing pancreatic cells in mice.
Image of the Day: Bundle of Nerves
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 26, 2018 | 1 min read
Live-cell imaging reveals the secrets of innervation in the pancreas of zebrafish.
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018 | 2 min read
Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  
Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice
Abby Olena, PhD | May 2, 2018 | 3 min read
Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.
Gene Therapy Temporarily Reverses Type 1 Diabetes in Mice
Shawna Williams | Jan 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Pancreatic cells engineered to produce insulin did not immediately provoke an immune response.
Immunotherapy Promising for Diabetes: Study
Aggie Mika | Aug 9, 2017 | 2 min read
A small clinical trial demonstrates that peptide immunotherapy can halt the progression of early-stage type 1 diabetes.
Enhancers Drive Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis: Study
Diana Kwon | Jul 27, 2017 | 2 min read
Mouse organoids reveal that a protein active during embryonic development joins forces with gene enhancers to revert cancer cells to an earlier developmental state.
Image of the Day: Over the Islet Rainbow
The Scientist Staff | Jun 13, 2017 | 1 min read
Scientists have constructed three-dimensional maps depicting the size and location of insulin-producing islet cells in the mouse pancreas.
Bioengineered ‘Pancreas’ Effective in First Patient
Aggie Mika | May 11, 2017 | 2 min read
The diabetic volunteer continued to produce insulin one year after she received a transplant of abdominal islet cells.
Chimeric Pancreas Treats Diabetes in Mice
Tracy Vence | Jan 25, 2017 | 1 min read
Researchers produce functional organs composed of both mouse and rat cells.
How High Fat and Insulin Levels May Lead to Diabetes
Barbara E. Corkey | Jun 30, 2016 | 1 min read
Lipids and insulin play important roles in blood sugar regulation, and altered levels of either could kick start metabolic dysfunction.
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