Human stem cells give monkey hearts a boost after heart attacks

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Human stem cells give monkey hearts a boost after heart attacks

July 5, 2018

Researchers at UW Medicine in Seattle have successfully used human stem cells to restore heart function in monkeys with heart failure. The findings suggest that the technique will be effective in patients with heart failure, the leading cause of death in the world.

"We're talking about the number one cause of death in the world [for humans]," said study author Dr. Charles Murry, director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington. "And at the moment all of our treatments are ... dancing around the root problem, which is that you don't have enough muscle cells."

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