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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Hormone said to raise insulin lost to diabetes

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University researchers have discovered a naturally occurring hormone in mice that sharply increases the number of precious, insulin-producing cells found in the pancreas — the beta cells that are lost during diabetes.

The work is still in the early stages and not ready to be tested in people, but the scientists have already partnered with two companies in an attempt to develop a drug that, they hope, could potentially replace or augment daily insulin injections.

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