Breakthrough in heart research
New research by Irish scientists will potentially eliminate the need for children with defective heart valves to undergo repeat surgeries.
The Royal College of Surgeons made the breakthrough in heart research by growing a fully functioning heart valve in the lab that has the potential to work effectively within a growing human body.
Researcher Fergal O'Brien said: "While further investigation is needed, we are very excited about these results and the impact that this could have on the cardiovascular field and the potential to improve patients' lives.
"Up to now, the problem with tissue-engineered heart valves developed in the lab is that they did not shut properly. We constructed an anatomically correct heart valve shape and conditioned it for a number of weeks."
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