Thursday, October 15, 2009

From stem cells to functioning strip of heart muscle

"This moves us closer to heart stem cell therapy."

A team of Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and collaborators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has taken a giant step toward the possibility of using human stem cells to repair damaged hearts.The researchers led by Kenneth Chien, M.D., PhD, director of the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center, report using a mouse version of a human cardiac master stem cell to create a functioning strip of mouse heart muscle.

Link to full Harvard Stem Cell Institute release. 

 

Sue McGreevey, 617 724-2764, smcgreevey@partners.org

Harvard Stem Cell Institute, B. D. Colen, 617 495-6821, bd_colen@harvard.edu

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