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    Animal Studies Show Stem Cells Might Make Biological Pacemaker

    Animal Studies Show Stem Cells Might Make Biological Pacemaker
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    STEM CELLS ES PACEMAKER GENE HEART
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    In experiments in the lab and with guinea pigs, researchers have found the first evidence that genetically engineered heart cells derived from human embryonic stem cells might one day be a promising biological alternative to the electronic pacemakers used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.



    Newswise - In experiments in the lab and with guinea pigs, researchers from Johns Hopkins have found the first evidence that genetically engineered heart cells derived from human embryonic stem (ES) cells might one day be a promising biological alternative to the electronic pacemakers used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

    Electronic pacemakers are used in children and adults with certain heart conditions that interfere with a normal heartbeat. However, these life-saving devices can't react the way the heart's own pacemaker normally does -- for example, raising the heart rate to help us climb stairs or react to a scary movie.
    http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/508825/



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