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Research

Human Beta Cell Destruction

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Clayton Mathews, a researcher at the University of Florida has been able to capture human t -cells (white blood cells) attacking and destroying human beta cells (insulin-producing cells) modeling what happens in the body during an auto-immune attack.  How did he and his team do it?

They used aerospace and materials engineering to create a new medium that suspends the cells in a 3-D space.  This creates an environment where the t-cells are free to move around the beta cells as they would in the body.

The results are remarkable to watch.

 

Updated 2/17/19

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