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Skin cells turned into healthy heart muscle cells

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Scientist say they have managed to turn patients’ own skin cells into healthy heart muscle in the lab.

Ultimately they hope this stem cell therapy could be used to treat heart failure patients.

As the transplanted cells are from the individual patient this could avoid the problem of tissue rejection, they told the European Heart Journal.

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European Heart Journal

 

Well actually you are right :) this is a major problem of induced pluripotent stem cell therapies [which is what this is]. But new techniques in transforming cells are looking at reducing this risk. None of the science is perfect yet and many many years off being used clinically.