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Heart: Current Research on Isolation or Production of Therapeutic Cells

Stem cells have opened a new vista of research in the field of medicine and have given birth to a new discipline, Regenerative Medicine. With the advent of new information about these cells, the trend is shifting from treating a disease toward curing a disease. Stem cells have two unique properties of self-renewal: dividing and restoration of their own self and differentiation, and dividing and giving rise to a functionally mature cell. Most of the human body organs have stem cells, where their primary role is either to restore cell number (e.g., digestive tract), or to heal the tissue lost as a result of wear and tear. Recent studies have shown that the human heart contains stem cells, but more has yet to be ...

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