Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have made a groundbreaking contribution to life science research: Researchers helped a mouse heart to beat again after its own cells were replaced with human heart precursor cells, marking the first time this has ever been done. According to a University of Pittsburgh news article, the researchers say it may soon be possible to take a skin biopsy from a human patient to regenerate an organ able to be transplanted.
“Scientists have been looking to regenerative medicine and tissue engineering approaches to find new solutions for this important problem. The ability to replace a piece of tissue damaged by a heart attack, or perhaps an entire organ, could be very helpful for these patients,” said Lei Yang, Ph.D., assistant professor of developmental biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“One of our next goals is to see if it’s feasible to make a patch of human heart muscle,” Dr. Yang added. “We could use patches to replace a region damaged by a heart attack. That might be easier to achieve because it won’t require as many cells as a whole human-sized organ would.”
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Thanks to a wealth of funding at the University of Pittsburgh, researchers at the school are able to contribute a great deal of knowledge through research. Lab suppliers interested in staying informed of life science research news at the University of Pittsburgh and marketing lab products in the area may be interested in the latest NIH and NSF funding statistics at the school. The University of Pittsburgh received $430 million from the NIH in 2012. For a full list of life science departments receiving NIH funding organized by department name, total funding awarded and number of awards received, please visit the NIH website.
In addition to receiving a great deal of funding from the NIH, the University of Pittsburgh received $24.7 million from the NSF in 2012. For a full list of NSF-funded projects at the University of Pittsburgh, please visit the NSF website.
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