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The drinkable cure?

It's been the elusive cure, one that scientists have felt they've been on the brink of breaking for the past 80 years. But for years, diabetes has remained a treatable but not yet cured disease. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of death by disease in Canada. Banting and Best are Canada's best known connection to diabetes but the Canadian connection continues. Since the historic discovery of insulin, there have been improvements and refinements. The promise of a cure for all, however, remains as yet unfulfilled, leaving many to live highly regimented and uncertain lives.

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Imagine drinking a glass of juice spiked with genetically engineered cells and having your diabetes cured. This solution is what researchers at the University of Alberta are working towards. Following on the heels of the successful Edmonton Protocol, researchers are excited about their new treatment. Meal-responsive insulin-producing islet cells will be placed in the intestine and will release a precise amount of insulin at the time of digestion. CBC Television follows this exciting development.
. On Aug. 20, 2001 federal Health Minister Allan Rock funnelled $11 million into the University of Alberta's research labs. Rock deemed the successful research into islet and gene therapy the "jewel in our research crown."
Medium: Television
Program: Health Matters
Broadcast Date: Dec. 7, 2000
Guest(s): Tim Kieffer, Greg Korbutt, Martin McNally
Host: Norma Lee MacLeod
Reporter: Terry Reith
Duration: 2:28

Last updated: February 14, 2012

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