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Scientists to use stem cells to help save hearts

Lithuanian scientists are investigation the possibility of using stem cells to help revive a heart that has been damaged by a heart attack. The Lithuanian-language daily Lietuvos Rytas reported that the first stem cells have already been tested on a rabbit named "Roger" at the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy. The scientists are rearing stem cells in laboratories in Vilnius and Kaunas for transplantation in ailing human hearts. "In near future, we will use the patient's stem cells for restoration of the cardiac muscle. After transplantation into a damaged section of heart, it will naturalize, multiply and compensate for the weakened cardiac function," said doctor Arvydas Skeberdis, head of the Cell Culture Laboratory of the Cardiology Institute.

Lithuanian scientists are investigation the possibility of using stem cells to help revive a heart that has been damaged by a heart attack. The Lithuanian-language daily Lietuvos Rytas reported that the first stem cells have already been tested on a rabbit named "Roger" at the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy. The scientists are rearing stem cells in laboratories in Vilnius and Kaunas for transplantation in ailing human hearts. "In near future, we will use the patient's stem cells for restoration of the cardiac muscle. After transplantation into a damaged section of heart, it will naturalize, multiply and compensate for the weakened cardiac function," said doctor Arvydas Skeberdis, head of the Cell Culture Laboratory of the Cardiology Institute.


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