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Cardiomyocytes, the beating, workhorse cells of the heart, can now be made cheaply and in abundance using a new method devised by researchers in the UW-Madison Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. These beating cells are in demand for research, to model heart disease and to test drugs and potential drugs for toxic effects. They are also of interest for potential therapies to treat heart disease. Video courtesy of Xiaojun Lian.
Image credit: UW-Madison

cardiomyocyte A single human cardiomyocyte grown using a method devised by UW-Madison chemical and biological engineering graduate student Xiaojun Lian. Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse muscle cells of the heart, can now be grown cheaply and abundantly in the lab, thanks to the new method devised by Lian and his colleagues.
Image credit: Xiaojun Lian
Image date: 2012
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