'Ghost heart,' a framework for growing new human hearts, could be answer for thousands waiting for new heart
'Ghost heart,' a framework for growing new human hearts using a protein scaffold and stem cells, could be an answer for thousands waiting for new hearts. This experimental method could also apply to other organs.
A decellularized human heart awaits rebuilding with an injection of precursor cells. "First remove all the cells from a dead organ — it does not even have to be from a human — then take the protein scaffold left behind and repopulate it with stem cells immunologically matched to the patient in need. Voilà! The crippling shortage of transplantable organs around the world is solved."
Infographic demonstrating the results of our survey on biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, featuring questions on biomaterials in your lab and getting products to the clinical and market.
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