Stem cell discovery holds promise for damaged hearts

07/1/2009 | Bloomberg

Stem cells called Isl1 that are found in developing hearts of human embryos can turn into any of the three major forms of cardiac tissue, scientists at Harvard University discovered. They say the stem cells, which are located in a "hot spot" where congenital heart defects develop, might help treat damaged hearts and shed new light on fatal birth defects.

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