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Cellular aging process unexpectedly enhances insulin secretion
New research shows that a cellular program that causes aging can also bring unexpected benefits in the function of pancreatic beta cells and the production of insulin in mice and humans. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Medicine, in a paper entitled "p16Ink4a-induced senescence of pancreatic beta cells enhances insulin secretion". The study was conducted by post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ronny Helman at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the guidance of Dr. Ittai Ben-Porath and Prof. Yuval Dor and in collaboration with scientists from Canada and the USA.