'Broken' heart breakthrough: Researchers reprogram cells to better battle heart failure -- MEDICA Trade Fair

'Broken' heart breakthrough: Researchers reprogram cells to better battle heart failure

Patients with heart failure often have a buildup of scar tissue that leads to a gradual loss of heart function. In a new study published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine report significant progress toward a novel approach that could shrink the amount of heart scar tissue while replenishing the supply of healthy heart muscle.

03/04/2016

Photo: heart muscle cells and cardiomyocytes

Dr. Li Qian used her new technique to turn scar tissue-making cells into heart muscle cells -- cardiomyocytes (red). Blue represents cell nuclei; © Lab of Dr. Li Qian (UNC School of Medicine)