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MIT Grows "Beating" Heart Cells (fixed)

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posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 06:25 PM
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CAMBRIDGE (AP) - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used rat cells to grow dime-sized swatches of heart tissue that twitch like a beating heart when an electrical current passes through.



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The only problem is that they are not sure that it will corectly work with the rodents let alone human hearts. This is more like a biological defibulator than just more heart tissue. Although it replicates the rodents heart well and works in unison with the other heart cells which is key in order to make the tissue work. The tissure itself is pretty amazing since just like other tissues in the human body, the heart tissue does not regrow so this could be a possible new way to solve the heart transplant shortage.

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[edit on 14-12-2004 by The_Final]




posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 06:32 PM
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Cool, maybe this will slow the shortage of donor organs. I'm glad to see this happen and I can't wait until they can replicate a human heart completly.



 
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