This exciting field holds promise for repairing damaged hearts.
For more than a decade, scientists have been trying to repair damaged hearts with stem cells. These cells—the body's most versatile building blocks—are unique in their ability to develop into many types of cell. This makes stem cells highly promising for repairing the damage caused by conditions such as heart attack and heart failure. It may even be possible to grow an entire human heart from scratch, so to speak.
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