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article imageHeart valve grown from stem cells

By Bharvi     Apr 2, 2007 in Health
British scientists have grown part of a human heart from stem cells for the first time
Doctors could be using artificially grown heart components in transplants within three years said Heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub.
In Harefield hospital researchers managed to grow a tissue which works instead of human heart valve. They also said they can grow a whole heart with the stem cell within 10 years.
They are feeling very proud that they could grow an organ for transplantation. Many scientists believe it should be possible to harness the cells' ability to grow into different tissues to repair damage and treat disease.
"Heart valves do not simply open and close like the artificial alternatives currently used in surgery, they are able to anticipate changes in the way the blood flows, and respond accordingly"
They can ensure that this is much more better than the artificial value they replace.
Heart disease is the UK's biggest killer. More than 200,000 people died from heart disease and strokes in 2004. And in 2003 nearly 10,000 people needed surgery to replace heart valves with artificial ones.
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