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06 - 05 - 2015

Regenerating heart cells

Only 1% of heart muscle cells are renewed every year in humans. Researchers have discovered in mice the mechanism that slows down the renewal. By controlling it, they have managed to repair damaged heart tissue. This technique could be used to treat heart damage after heart attacks, one of the leading causes of death in the world. Tests on pigs will better model to the human condition.