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    Singapore seeks diabetes cure with stem cells

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    Singapore seeks diabetes cure with stem cells
    Obesity becoming greater problem in Asia
    Updated: 1:20 p.m.├é┬*ET April├é┬* 05, 2004

    SINGAPORE - As rising affluence and obesity become a greater problem in Asia, Singapore has joined the race to find a cure for diabetes using adult stem cells.

    Researchers from the National University of Singapore and a local biotechnology company said Monday they were collaborating on a project to produce insulin-secreting cells from adult stem cells harvested from fat tissue.

    "There is a race around the world to develop what we call surrogate islet cells -- cells not derived from the human donor pancreas but cells from tissue, from stem cells, which can be coaxed into producing insulin and then transplanted," said Dr. John Isaac of the university's department of surgery.

    Singapore, which has positioned itself as a center for stem cell research, joins experts in the United States and Europe researching fat tissue in adults as a source of stem cells.

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    Wise,

    Doesn't this belong to Science news forum?

    Or you don't have to abide by rules>

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    Max, this is very relevant to the subject of stem cells and a new source of stem cells that can be used in spinal cord injury. The Singapore group will be developing adult stem cells from fat. This is something, in my opinion, that can and will be used for spinal cord injury if it works out. Wise.

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    If this turns out to be a viable source of stem cells for use in treating spinal cord injuries, we will have overcome a major obstacle that has been sitting in the way of funding. This would let us bypass the whole ethical/unethical debate issue we are currently facing and most likely stimulate new sources of funding and investment.

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    Originally posted by Wise Young:

    Max, this is very relevant to the subject of stem cells and a new source of stem cells that can be used in spinal cord injury. The Singapore group will be developing adult stem cells from fat. This is something, in my opinion, that can and will be used for spinal cord injury if it works out. Wise.
    i have for years been saying use stem cells from fat, but did the researchers listen to me? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

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    1. 3 year project
    2. involves 10 researchers from National University of Singapore and Dr. Susan Lim and her company Stem Cell Technology
    3. involves 8 other stem cell research laboratories in Europe
    4. points out that another company in Singapore (ES Cell) is studying embryonic stem cells for diabetic patients, headed by Dr. Alan Colman, one of the "fathers of Dolly the sheep". He said Both adult and embryonic stem cells have potential, and both routes should be researched,'

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