Latest Biological pacemaker Stories
With a few flicks of a light switch--on-off-on-off--Stanford University's Oscar Abilez is one step closer to changing the lives of millions.
Cardiologists from The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles have announced the development of a biologically-based pacemaker by reprogramming ordinary heart cells using the introduction of a single gene - Tbx18.
Artificial heart pacemakers have saved and extended the lives of thousands of people, but they have their shortcomings â€“ such as a fixed pulse rate and a limited life. Could a permanent biological solution be possible?
Using pacemakers to electrically retune a heart damaged by long bouts of a wobbling heartbeat, where one heart muscle wall is beating sooner than the other, leads to fast improvements in the tissue levels of more than a dozen proteins key to the organâ€™s health.
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