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Genetics

06 August 2010

Plain cells turned into heart cells

Studies show new ways to fix damaged hearts, one by turning structural heart cells into beating cells and another by restoring a primordial ability to regenerate lost tissue.

Two studies published on Thursday show new ways to fix damaged hearts, one by turning structural heart cells into beating cells and another by restoring a primordial ability to regenerate lost tissue.

In one study, a team at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease at the University of California, San Francisco, made beating heart cells from more ordinary cells called fibroblasts.

 

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