Reuters - "Stem Cell Team Aims For Spare Heart Parts In Five Years"

 – August 18, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Stem cell researchers in Hong Kong and the United States are trying to grow spare parts for the human heart that may be ready for tests on people within five years. Scientists have already made basic heart muscle from stem cells, but the team wants to refine it so it can replace any part damaged in heart attacks, and to re-create the natural pacemaker, where the heartbeat originates. As well as the Hong Kong experts, the team will include scientists from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, National Institutes of Health and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the United States. Learn more.