Growing Heart Tissue

nym | 12:15 PM

Researchers are growing heart tissue to use on damaged hearts.

The tiny pieces of heart tissue beat like a heart, pulsed faster when adrenaline was applied and responded to medicine like a normal organ.

Instead of waiting for someone who is a match for your cell type when you have suffered from heart attack, surgeons could take a little bit of your tissue, grow up a heart patch of your own genetic material and put it into your body. It would also save patients from spending the remainder of their lives on medication.

The R&D has a long way to go, but with reports like these, growing body parts seems less and less like science fiction.

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