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Reported November 21, 2013

The Eyes are a Window to the…Pancreas?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers in Sweden have created a way to examine the status of the pancreas by looking into your eye.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, took some cells from the area of the pancreas known as the Islets of Langerhans, the part of the pancreas responsible for the release of insulin, and grafted them to the eyes of mice.  They were then able to monitor the pancreas’ activity and beta-cell production.  The system could be used in the future to treat diabetes and other insulin-related conditions.

"We're now able to really study the insulin-producing beta-cells in detail in a way that wasn't possible before,” study lead Per-Olof Berggren was quoted as saying. "In the future we may also conceive a similar use of reporter islets in humans in order to find unique, tailored treatment principles, to measure the effects of personal medication, or to diagnose problems with the pancreatic islets."

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SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, November 2013

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