Medical breakthrough at Utrecht University
Medical researchers have successfully cultivated heart muscle cells from stem cells harvested from an adult human heart.22 April 2008
UTRECHT - A team of medical researchers at the University of Utrecht has successfully cultivated heart muscle cells from stem cells harvested from an adult human heart.
The investigation is a breakthrough as it could provide a method of strengthening the heart muscles in people suffering from heart failure.
Previously, this had only been possible with embryonic stem cells.
The experiment has brought the possibility of repairing heart damage by using cultivated heart muscle cells one step closer to being a reality.
The research team has spoken of a unique process which could be useful in treating heart patients and also for further research.
According to the professor leading the research team, this is just, "an intermediate phase.
The next step is to test it on a pig's heart". He added that the first heart patients could benefit within two or three years.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]