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Growing a Heart in a Petri Dish

Posted September 13, 2011 10:31 AM

Growing organs for transplantation is getting ever more feasible, as seen in new research suggesting that a human heart can be produced in the lab. The study out of Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) reveals that human embryonic stem cells can be transformed into heart cells. Tissue is generated by seeding a heart scaffold, which provides the organ's shape, with stem cells. Will this study, and similar research, lead to new options for heart disease patients in need of a transplant?

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