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Micro Heart Muscle Created from Stem Cells

April 25, 2016

(Nanowerk News) – Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells (“Miniaturized iPS-Cell-Derived Cardiac Muscles for Physiologically Relevant Drug Response Analyses”). The tissue can be used to model disease and test drugs, and it opens the door for a precision medicine approach to treating heart disease. Although there are existing techniques to make three-dimensional tissues from heart cells, the new method dramatically reduces the number of cells needed, making it an easier, cheaper, and more efficient system.

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