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Reporter takes a long look at his own heart cells

In a rather nice Technology Review piece, David Ewing Duncan takes an in-depth look at cardiomyocytes grown from induced pluripotent stem cells that were created by "reprograming" his blood cells - all in an effort to understand his risk for disease. The piece also mentions Stanford cardiologist Euan Ashley, MD, who looks at Duncan's cells and:

. . .verified my persistent normalcy - and confirmed that the cells in question were what they were supposed to be. "These tests prove that the cells are cardiomyocytes," [Ashley] said, "which at this early stage in this science is important."

The rest of Duncan's inquiry is quite interesting and worth reading.

Previously: Genomics gets personal

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