Scientists grow full-sized, beating humanity hearts from stem cells

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It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab.

Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive immune reaction against the foreign cells. To combat the problems of organ shortage and decrease the chance that a patient’s body will reject it, researchers have been working to create synthetic organs from patients’ own cells. Now a team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has gotten one step closer, using adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue, according to a study published recently in the journal Circulation Research.

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15 Year Old Becomes World’s First Child to Be Implanted with Artificial Heart

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Dr. Antonio Amodeo in the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital with a diagram of the artificial heart.

A 15-year-old boy has become the world’s first child to be implanted with an artificial heart. The unnamed Italian boy had the 10-hour operation last week and was said to be well in intensive care.

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