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Mending a Broken Heart -- With a Molecule That Turns Stem Cells Into Heart Cells 

 

 

Mending a Broken Heart -- With a Molecule That Turns Stem Cells Into Heart Cells

August 2, 2012 - (Sanford-Burnham) - "For years, scientists have been looking for a good source of heart cells that can be used to study cardiac function in the lab, or perhaps even to replace diseased or damaged tissue in heart disease patients. To do this, many are looking to stem cells. Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Human BioMolecular Research Institute, and ChemRegen, Inc. have been searching for molecules that convert stem cells to heart cells for about eight years—and now they've found one. Writing in the August 3 issue of Cell Stem Cell, the team describes how they sifted through a large collection of drug-like chemicals and uncovered ITD-1, a molecule that can be used to generate unlimited numbers of new heart cells from stem cells."  Read Full Article 

 

Posted on 13-Aug-12 by Toto, Brent
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