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Repairing a broken heart… with skin

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A radical new procedure takes human tissue and transforms it into stem cells potentially capable of repairing the damaged organs of heart attack victims

For the first time ever, scientists have successfully transformed ordinary skin tissue into cells for the beating heart, a procedure that could lead to promising new therapies for recovering heart attack victims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5.8 million Americans have suffered from heart failure, with an additional 670,000 diagnosed each year. Here, a concise guide to the breakthrough that has cardiologists buzzing:

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