How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? Coaxing the Heart Into Making Replacement Cardiac Muscle Cells

Damaged heart tissue is not known for having much inherent capacity for repair. But now, scientists are closing in on signals that may be able to coax the heart into producing replacement cardiac muscle cells. Using a zebrafish model system, researchers have identified a family of molecules that can stimulate stem cells to develop into beating heart muscle cells. The research, published by Cell Press in the December 21st issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology, may pave the way towards new therapeutic approaches for cardiac regeneration and repair.

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Molecule found responsible for heart disease

Scientists in Germany at the Max Planck Institute have identified a key molecule that plays a central role in regulating the function of stem cells in the heart.   Continue reading Molecule found responsible for heart disease

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