Monday, March 21, 2016

Next Big Future: A full sized beating bioengineered human heart has been made with hearts recellularized with stem cells

From the article: 
"Regenerating a whole heart is most certainly a long-term goal that is several years away, so we are currently working on engineering a functional myocardial patch that could replace cardiac tissue damaged due a heart attack or heart failure," says Guyette. "Among the next steps that we are pursuing are improving methods to generate even more cardiac cells – recellularizing a whole heart would take tens of billions – optimizing bioreactor-based culture techniques to improve the maturation and function of engineered cardiac tissue, and electronically integrating regenerated tissue to function within the recipient's heart."

Brave new world.  As Glenn Reynolds the "Instapundit" would say on his blog, "Faster Please".