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Baby hearts need rhythm to develop correctly


February 18, 2014

microphotograph of a chick embryo Vanderbilt University researchers report that they have taken an important step toward the goal of growing replacement heart valves from a patient's own cells by determining that the mechanical forces generated by the rhythmic expansion and contraction of cardiac muscle cells play an active role in the initial stage of heart valve formation. Full Story

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Vanderbilt University

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