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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Growing Heart Cells

National Public Radio's Morning Edition reported on a new development in the embryonic stem cell research arena.  Here is a brief overview:

A team of scientists in Canada has developed an efficient way to produce heart cells from human embryonic stem cells, a significant step for potential organ repair. But the study must move to trials with laboratory animals before the cells can be used with human patients.

Although the cells are not quite ready for use in human patients, the story reported that the scientists believe that these cells can be used to test heart medications before those medications are tested in humans. 

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