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Bacteria may Confer Diabetes Protection

by Rajashri on September 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM
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 Bacteria may Confer Diabetes Protection

A new US study has found that friendly bacteria in the gut may be able to prevent type 1 diabetes.

The researchers genetically engineered the immune system of lab mice in such a way that they lacked a key protein necessary to respond to the bacteria. The mice were raised in germ-free environments. Some 80% developed severe type 1 diabetes.

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When the researchers gave the mice a cocktail, which infused mammalian gut bacteria into their systems, jut 30 percent of the mice became ill.

The study shows even harmless bacteria may be useful in preventing diabetes.

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