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Hearts Restored Using Stem Cells In Monkeys

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6 Jul 2018 12:56 AM EST

A new study shows heart function in monkeys was restored with human stem cells. UPI reports researchers used embryonic stem cells to form new muscle in the organ. The research team is from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. In some cases, heart function was restored to better than 90 percent of normal. "Our findings show that human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes can re-muscularize infarcts in macaque monkey hearts and, in doing so, reduce scar size and restore a significant amount of heart function. This should give hope to people with heart disease." Dr. Charles "Chuck" Murry, professor of pathology at the UW School of Medicine

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