Scientists reprogram skin cells into beating heart cells

Last Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:08

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have developed a new method to reprogram skin cells into cells that closely resemble beating heart cells.

The research provides hope to improve the chances of surviving a heart attack, which is the leading cause of death around the world.

 

However, scientists have recognized potential problems with scaling this gene-based method into successful therapies.

The research involves using skin cells extracted from adult mice to screen for chemical compounds, so-called 'small molecules,' that could replace the genetic factors.

These findings give the team new found optimism that the research is well on its way towards an entirely pharmaceutical-based method to regrow heart muscle.

The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:55

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