Study Refutes Using Anti-Malaria Drug to Treat Diabetes (1 of 2) (image) University of California - Davis Share Print E-Mail Caption An isolated pancreatic islet from mouse. Beta cells in the islets that make insulin are labelled in red and alpha cells, green. The arrow shows an alpha cell that spontaneously turned into a beta cell. Contrary to previous reports, UC Davis researchers showed that the antimalarial drug artemether did not turn alpha cells into new, insulin-producing beta cells. Credit Mark Huising, UC Davis Usage Restrictions May be used with acknowledgement. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.