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Straight to the heart

New method transforms skin cells into beating cardiac cells

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1:03pm, February 1, 2011

Skin cells can be converted directly into beating heart cells, a new study shows.

The transformation occurs with a little help from cellular reprogramming factors that are usually used to make embryonic-like stem cells, scientists from the Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego report online January 30 in Nature Cell Biology.

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