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Heart valves grown with stem cells

Discovery may offer new hope for babies with heart defects.

DarkSyde spots a fascinating article about heart valves grown from amniotic stem cells.

Swiss researchers have perfected a technique for growing heart valves in the laboratory from stem cells in amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds a fetus during gestation).

They hope that it will one day be possible to detect a heart defect in utero, harvest some amniotic stem cells, grow a new heart valve during the pregnancy, and have a perfect tissue-matched valve ready to implant as soon as the baby is born.

Isn't that neat?


Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.

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