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Heartbeats at the Speed of Light

Sun, 08/15/2010 - 10:32pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For the first time, researchers have controlled the pace of an embryonic heart using pulses of light. The new method is a leap forward for cardiologists and developmental biologists, who hope it will help yield a better understanding of heart development and congenital heart disease. They also hope the development could eventually lead to new types of optical pacemakers.

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