Summary #1072

“Living drug factories” might treat diabetes and other diseases

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  • New medical device might make it possible to transport healing cells into your body without alarming your immune system—so far it’s only been tested in mice.
  • It comes as an alternative to islet cell transplant, a treatment for diabetes that is hard to apply because the patient’s immune system often rejects it.
  • When put into diabetic mice, the device remained viable for five months, with the cells constantly producing the drugs that the mice needed.
  • The device is built from a silicon-based, flexible polymer with a membrane that lets oxygen and nutrients into the device, and it’s coated with a drug called THPT.
  • This is an important step for biocompatible treatments, however there was no information about when it would be tested in humans.

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