SAN FRANCISCO - It's a game-changing discovery from researchers in San Francisco.
The finding could potentially lead to a treatment or cure for people with diabetes, even diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Researchers at UC San Francisco were working to understand more about breast cancer when they made an unexpected discovery: special cells from breast tissue that have the ability to change, much like embryonic stem cells.
Up until now researchers believed only embryonic cells had the ability to change. They didn't think adult cells had that potential.
In the lab researchers were able to change those breast tissue cells into these beating heart cells.
They may even be used to produce islet cells that can generate insulin to help people with diabetes.
The hope is this finding will one day enable doctors to harness the power of the body's own patch kit to repair damaged organs, tissue and bones.
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