New insights into the roles of insulin/IGF-I in the development and maintenance of beta-cell mass.

Joslin Diabetes Center and Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.81). 09/2005; 6(3):199-210. DOI: 10.1007/s11154-005-3051-y
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