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Healing Hearts

Monday, March 13, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

Taking a break from stories out of the USA, here's a glimpse at how one team of researchers in Malaysia are working to treat heart patients using adult stem cells.

Reading the article, you immedaitely notice that the method is very similar to the one that was recently discredited by German scientists. However, there is a big difference, stem cells are induced out of the bone marrow and into the bloodstream, but they are then harvested from periperhal blood and injected directly into the affected area.

The obvious question that needs to be asked is how do the scientists avoid injecting stem cells that could cause calcification into the heart? (As these stem cells are undifferentiated and all will not automatically become heart muscle or capillary cells.) The article mentions that the stem cells are preppared after harvesting to avoid clotting but no mention of any differentiation between type of stem cells is made.


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