Foundation funds research on diabetes

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  • Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003

THE promise of stem cells for curing diabetes has convinced an international research foundation to pump millions into such work in Singapore. 

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is hoping that scientists here can coax the cells to become ones that produce insulin, something that diabetics lack. 

Transplanting such cells into diabetics could give their bodies the ability to make the hormone, so that they no longer have to rely on daily injections. 

On Monday, the foundation signed an agreement with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Biomedical Research Council to put S$5.2mil (RM11.3mil) into stem cell research here. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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