Scientists from the University of Cologne have made a heart muscle from the stem cells, which works just like the heart muscle of an adult man.
Scientists Succeed In Growing A Beating Human Heart From Stem Cells
“This discovery is not only a fascinating scientific undertaking, but it could also be a revolution in medicine as we know it,” said lead researcher prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, who with her team managed to make a heart muscle from the stem cells.
“You can study the disease, the effects of drugs, and you can adjust the study to be for a particular patient,” she says about the project. “It can be all because at last, you have something that is so close to a normal human heart muscle that it can be made from any of your stem cells.”
Thanks to this discovery, scientists can now use this tissue to develop the right models of the human heart, which can be further used in cases of complex diseases or the development of new drugs. There is a possibility that this tissue will be able to be used and to “repair” the tissue damaged by a heart attack, for example, Vunjak-Novakovic pointed out, adding that it has not been tested for the time being.
Scientists have otherwise managed to make a heart muscle from the stem cells, but it was the “immature” or underdeveloped heart. This is the first time that they have managed to imitate the characteristics of the heart of an adult man, which must work significantly stronger.