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Patient-Derived Heart Cells Mimic Disease

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 4:34am
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Beating balls of heart cells created from skin biopsies of children with a rare inherited disorder called Timothy syndrome replicate the abnormal heart rhythms that characterize the disease. The cells provide a new way to search for drugs to treat the disease, which is linked to autism and serious—sometimes fatal—heart problems.

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