Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 11 May 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 19, p. nf36
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.19.nf36]


Heart, Heal Thyself

Researchers turn on possible heart-repair mechanism

Mitch Leslie

Abstract: Much as children eventually lose interest in their Star Wars action figures, heart cells are supposed to grow out of the ability to divide. But a new study shows that with the right chemical coaxing, adult heart cells from rodents can duplicate, at least in the lab dish. If the results hold true for humans, such youthful cells might eventually allow patients to refurbish cardiac tissue sapped by heart disease.

Citation: M. Leslie, Heart, Heal Thyself. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (19), nf36 (2005).

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