Is the clinical use of adult stem cells a realistic possibility for myocardial regeneration?
Department of Biochemistry, University of Leicester
28 Sept 2007
17 Dec 2007
1 Mar 2008
adult stem cells, myocardial regeneration, cardiac stem cells
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in the Western World and as such presents a large incentive for finding a cure. There is much current interest in exploiting adult stem cells in cardiac therapies, with both heart tissue and bone marrow being considered as potential sources or stem cells. Some promising results for future therapies are emerging, but it remains unclear how long it will take for the research to translate into clinical use. Further basic research into stem cell biology needs to be conducted before such therapies can be used with confidence.