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Stem cell finding

UC Davis stem cell researcher Ronald Li and his team report the first functional evidence that heart cells derived from human embryonic stem cells exhibit one of the most critical properties of mature adult heart cells, an important biological process called excitationcontraction coupling. The finding gives scientists hope that these cells can one day be coaxed into becoming functionally viable cells safe for transplantation into the damaged hearts of patients with end-stage disease, potentially avoiding the necessity of a heart transplant. The study, available online in Stem Cell Express, was published in the journal Stem Cells.

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