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Woman's skin cells used in Long QT Syndrome research

from Wisconsin State Journal

A skin sample from Helen Eckert, transformed into a colony of heart cells in a University of Wisconson-Madison lab, could give scientists clues to what causes Long QT Syndrome, a genetic heart disease. Eckert, 69, from Lake Mills, Wis., has the condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to sudden death. She was the first of three patients with the condition who donated skin cells for stem cell research on campus. more

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