12 Aug '11, 9am

A*Star scientists closer to growing human heart from stem cells

A*Star scientists closer to growing human heart from stem cells

Scientists here are one step closer to growing a human heart from stem cells. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE STEM CELL CONSORTIUM By Feng Zengkun SCIENTISTS here are one step closer to growing a human heart from stem cells. The team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) took a mouse's heart and removed its cells, leaving behind a scaffold. They then implanted the scaffold with human stem cells - which can grow into different types of cells - and after 14 days the cells developed into heart cells. The cell-laden scaffold was implanted back into the mouse, where blood vessels, necessary for the transport of nutrients and oxygen to the heart, developed.

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