Outlook for longer-lasting islets

Nuffield Department of Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, UK.
Nature medicine (Impact Factor: 27.36). 12/2008; 14(11):1156-7. DOI: 10.1038/nm1108-1156
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