1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Scrase
Elevated levels of the protein CIB1 causes enlargement of the heart and subsequent heart failure, according to rodent research.
Newborn mice can regenerate their own heart tissue following heart damage.
This animation video from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shows how stem cells might be used to repair damaged hearts one day.
The UK Home Office has released figures showing that the number of research procedures using animals last year increased by 3% to just over 3.7 million.
Using human cells to literally rebuild the heart is a distant but realistic prospect for medicine.
Tests in mice and now pigs have shown a new targeted gene therapy can treat a major cause of heart disease.