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Heart grown from stem cells

7 Mar 2013, 16:53
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Japanese and Russian scientists have grown living human heart from the stem cells.

 

In the experiment led by scientists from the Kyoto University, a new chemical was used to activate the mechanism of stem cell transformation.

 

It demonstrated an efficiency of 80%. It means, that per every hundred of induced cells 80 cells transformed into heart muscle cells.

 

The artificially created heart muscle functioned properly and independently without any external stimuli beating at 70 beats per minute.

 

This case is unique and of extreme importance for the specialists in the field of cell and tissue engineering, transplantation and pharmaceuticals. For instance, new drugs can potentially be tested on artificially grown organs and tissues.

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