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A Step Toward Tissue-engineered Heart Structures for Children
September 10, 2007
Infants and children receiving artificial heart-valve replacements face several repeat operations as they grow, since the replacements become too small and must be traded for bigger ones. Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have now developed a solution: living, growing valves created in the lab from a patient's own cells. In a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, published September 11, they describe making pulmonary valves through tissue engineering.
Children's Hospital Boston
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