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Gene therapy creates ‘biological pacemaker’ cells for the heart.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have succeeded in turning ordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialized ones that deliver a steady heartbeat using a gene therapy procedure they predict could become an alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers. A study published on Wednesday involved pigs with a condition called heart block that makes their hearts beat too slowly.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Somehow I would be feel more comfortable with a mechanical device that can be replaced than gene therapy that can’t.

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