Treating the heart with regenerated heart cells

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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 10:54 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Mon Aug 26, 2013.

Treating the Heart with Regenerated Heart Cells Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and its affiliate, the University of California, San Francisco, have developed a new technique that might one day be used to convert cells from heart disease patients into heart muscle cells that could act as a personalized treatment for their condition.

Researchers coaxed fibroblasts from human fetal heart cells, embryonic stem cells, and newborn skin grown in the lab to become heart muscle cells using a slightly different combination of genes, representing an important step toward the use of this technology for regenerative medicine.

The team envisions that introducing these genes into damaged hearts by gene therapy might convert fibroblasts into new muscle, thereby improving the function of the heart.

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