Scientists looking at how a heart becomes a heart
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|Mon, 09-17-2012 - 3:01pm|
Scientists are using DNA and stem cell research to try to pinpoint the time when defects occur in heart development, and explore possible corrections.
"Using stem cell technology, next-generation DNA sequencing and computer tools, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes in California, and other academic centers, have mapped how a heart becomes a heart, revealing a genomic and epigenomic blueprint for the precise order and timing of hundreds of "genetic switches" from embryonic stem cell stage to fully functioning heart."