September 27, 2012
Recent research may have uncovered a breakthrough for treating patients with heart failure. Scientists in Israel have discovered a way to turn human skin cells into healthy heart cells via a reprogramming method using three genes and a small molecule called valproic acid. In tests, when these new cardiac cells were implanted into the hearts of rats, they began to form connections with the rats’ own heart tissue.
Researchers are hopeful that similar tissue can soon be implanted in people experiencing heart failure where it might replace or regrow damaged areas of the heart. To find out more on this amazing discovery, take a look at this article.