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Islet Cell Innovations Offer New Hope

Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic remove a diseased pancreas from a critically ill patient and send the organ down the highway to Pittsburgh. Hours later, the pancreas' vital islet cells are retrieved at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) islet cell isolation lab. They are driven back to Ohio late that afternoon. Just before midnight, the healthy cells from a failing pancreas are injected into the same patient's liver, which takes over the job of producing insulin.