News from the DRI.
CBS 12 news in Boca Raton posted this news item, with a video, about the Diabetes Research Institute's announcement tomorrow. It's just a morsel of what I'm hoping we'll see in full during tomorrow's announcement. Click here for the video (as I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to embed it into this post), as it's the meatiest part of the article.
From reporter Suzanne Boyd, at CBS 12 News: "The problem with implanting these islet cells into the liver is that the patients have to take anti-rejection drugs, so it's not really a cure. The next phase of the project is to create a mini organ, sort of a bio hub for these cells that can then replace the patient's pancreas."
I am all about moving forward with cure research and fueling - hope towards that cure, but at the same time, I need to remain firmly rooted in realism. I want people to hear this news and become/remain inspired, not have their hearts broken because it's not what they want most.
That said, this is exciting news on the research front and I hope someday someone finally takes a bite out of the "five to ten years until the cure" time frame, because I've been hearing that same promise for twenty-six years and counting.
Bring it on, researchers. We're more than ready.
And here we go. Video about the BioHub:
And a link to the BioHub FAQ page on the Diabetes Research Institute's site.
Diabetes Mine has a great write up about the BioHub on their site. Check that out for info on how this is good news, but not new news. Hopefully next time there is research progress to report, there is more fact than hype.