Scientists try to grow heart 'parts' from stem cells
Researchers in Hong Kong and the United States are trying to use stem cells to grow heart "parts", such as heart muscles and pacemakers, with the goal of using them in humans within five years.
Scientists have already succeeded in growing basic heart muscle from stem cells. But now the team, led by the university of Hong Kong, hopes to "process" it to replace parts damaged by heart attacks.
In addition to experts from the university of Hong Kong, the team includes researchers from the harvard stem cell institute, the national institutes of health, and the mount sinai school of medicine in the United States.
"When a person has a heart attack, you have a short period of time where you can use a tissue graft to repair the heart," said Ronald lee, director of the stem cell and regenerative medicine research center at the university of Hong Kong. “ In that way, the patient won't end up with heart failure.”
The team will use human embryonic stem cells to make such heart muscles and pacemakers and plan to transplant them into the bodies of pigs.
If it can be successful, the team will begin clinical trials in humans in about five years, transplanting heart muscle from patients' own stem cells.
- May 16, 2019The karolinska institute announced July 7 that an international team of medical experts has successfully transplanted tracheal tissue from a patient's own stem cell for the first time. The karolinska ...view
- May 16, 2019South Korea will spend more than 100 billion Won (1,148 Won is about one dollar ) on stem cell research next year and set up a national stem cell bank, the government announced in 20th.The government ...view
- July 23, 2018The world's largest and most influential process industry exhibition - the twenty-ninth International Conference on the international chemical, environmental and Biotechnology Exhibition (Achema) was ...view