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Cardiomyocytes from human stem cells restore heart rhythm

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:760
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Cardiomyocytes developed from human embryonic stem cells can act as biological pacemakers and restore myocardial mechanical function when transplanted into animal hearts with a slow heart rate, according to research published last week.

    Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, generated cardiomyocyte cell grafts from human embryonic cells in vitro. They showed that the cells formed structural and electromechanical connections with cultured rat cardiomyocytes. However, to be …

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