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Lab uses skin cells to help repair heart muscle


Another breakthrough in biology and medicine was reported, as scientists were able, for the first time, to take skin cells from patients who had suffered heart failure and make them repair the cardiac muscle.

The technique had been tested only on rats and it seemed decades could pass until it would become suitable for humans, but in lack of anything better, doctors applied it, and it worked out remarkably fine, marking the beginning of a new era in the quest for replacement cells to treat tissue affected by disease, Israeli researchers declared.
The research relies on a technique called human-induced pluripotent stem cells, or hiPSCs, a recently-discovered source which can be a good replacement for the much more controversial stem cells technique.

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