“Researchers have used rare stem cells derived from human cord blood to generate heart muscle-like cells, a technique that could provide an effective way to repair damage from heart attacks.

The study… found that it is possible to expand up to seven-fold… rare CD133+ stem cells from human cord blood and then grow them into cardiac muscle cells.”

The findings of this study could have major implications for treatments following heart attacks.  Whilst at least 20 million people survive heart attacks and strokes every year, many have poor life expectancy and require continual costly clinical care.

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