February 05, 2007

Israel grows beating heart tissue, blood vessels

From Jerusalem Post:

Beating cardiac tissue has been created in the lab from human embryonic stem cells by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's biomedical engineering faculty and the Rappaport Medical Faculty. In addition, researchers Dr. Shulamit Levenberg and Prof. Lior Gepstein also managed to bring about the creation of tiny blood vessels within the tissue, which makes possible their tissue's implantation in a human heart.