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Bioscience Technology This Week #6: What Can Bears Teach Us About Diabetes?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:48pm

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week:

 

What Can Grizzly Bears Teach Us About Diabetes?

Researchers studying grizzly bears discovered a natural state of diabetes that serves a real biological purpose and is also reversible. Investigators note that grizzly bears are obese but not diabetic in the fall, become diabetic only weeks later in hibernation, and then somehow become "cured" of diabetes when they wake up in the spring.

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injuries

Neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that were grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals' central nervous system.

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