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Published:February 11th, 2013 16:34 EST

Type 1 Diabetes Curable in Dogs

By John Pustelnik

Scientists have been able to cure type 1 diabetes in dogs. This is the first case in which this has been achieved in large animals.

"This study is the first to demonstrate a long-term cure for diabetes in a large animal model using gene therapy." said the head researcher of the project, Fàtima Bosch, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


The symptoms of diabetes in the dogs vanished after just one gene therapy session. Some dogs remained free from diabetes four years after the treatment.

After the single treatment, dogs showed continuous healthy glucose levels.

The single gene therapy session involved injections in only the dogs rear legs.

Although the gene therapy currently only works on dogs, it is possible that with more research, the therapy can be applied to humans as well.

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