Reinforcing the human heart: Integrating human cells, electronics and nanomaterials
David Warmflash | Genetic Literacy Project | February 23, 2018
Cardiac transplant candidates today face a problem faced oh so acutely by the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz: Donor hearts are not so readily available, especially given the need for genetic tissue typing to match recipients with organs that are immunologically compatible in order to reduce the risk of organ rejection. But in many cases, however, a person can be very sick because just one region of the myocardium (heart muscle) is damaged, for instance due to ischemia (inadequate blood supply) persisting so long that the tissue dies (myocardial infarction [MI]).
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