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Building a Heart With Stem Cells

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on Jan 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Researchers at Penn State University, led by Xiaojun Lance Lian, have developed a method to regenerate the surface of a human heart utilizing stem cells. Prior to this advance, researchers could only differentiate stem cells into the middle layer of the heart [myocardium].  By activating the Wnt pathway the researchers were able to direct the stem cells to become the outside layer of the heart [epicardium], bringing researchers one step closer to regenerating an entire heart wall.

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Topics: regenerative medicine, stem cells, heart regeneration, epicardium, heart repair

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