Scientists have successfully got positive results of experiments, that they think could lead to a cure for diabetes in men. Researchers used tiny slivers of human testicular tissue to replace the faulty cells, that cause the condition, while experimenting at diabetic mice. By result the mice became able to produce their own insulin, the Daily Mail explains.
In the tests, the mice were only able to produce enough insulin to last them for about a week, but researchers think they can extend that duration. The researchers predict they could be able to fully cure type 1 diabetes in men and boys in as little as five years.
“We know that spermatogonial stem cells have the potential to do what we want them to do,” one said, “and we know how to improve their yield.” Within months, they hope to test the technique on humans. For now they’re focusing on men, but they suspect the technique could be adapted to use eggs instead of sperm. [