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Kidney research leads to surprising discovery about how the heart forms

from University of Virginia Health System via ScienceDaily

Kidney research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has unexpectedly led to a discovery about the formation of the heart, including the identification of a gene responsible for a deadly cardiac condition. UVA scientists were surprised to discover that the heart's inner lining forms from the same stem cells, known as "precursor cells," that turn into blood. That means a single type of stem cell turns into both our blood and a portion of the organ that will pump it. more


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