European and American researchers showed that pancreatic cells in diabetic mice could be reprogrammed into beta cells by turning on just one gene, called Pax4.

By activating this one gene, researchers were able to reprogram cells to produce insulin, according to a study in the journal Cell. This is a major breakthrough in the understanding of possible solutions to eliminating Type1 Diabetes.

Read more of Karen Kaplan’s story in the Los Angeles Times.