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Friday, July 24, 2009

Science brings us a step closer to creating Frankenstein

Posted By on July 24, 2009, 3:30 PM

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Alright young mad scientists. Get your underground labs ready, for science can now help you with that creating a heart problem. ---

Researchers at The University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center and the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS) have found that when they put heart muscle cells (2.5 million or more) onto a vicryl mesh patch, the cells start behaving just like the real organ: they contract synchronously at about 70 beats per minute without any outside stimulation. This research brings the medical community closer to being able to repair heart damage by heart attack or chronic heart failure.

Is it then a false analogy to suppose putting hair cells on a mesh patch should start sprouting hair? That would be cool. You see, I'm not bald, but I have this irrational fear of going bald. I would feel better knowing there was a solid cure out there. But yeah, the heart thing is cool too.

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