A recent development in (Adult) Stem Cell research has proven effective in repairing the heart muscles of mice after a heart attack! Although the procedure has only proven effective–thus far–on mice, the promise of cell reactivation repairing muscle after a heart attack is nothing to sneeze at.
“The researchers examined the hearts of mice at various time points after the operation [procedure that replicates the effects of a heart attack]. They found heart cells expressing Wt1 just two days after the injury. The cells were initially in the heart’s outer layer, but by two weeks after surgery they had moved inside and clustered around the site of the injury. The cells had also changed in size and shape, and looked just like cardiomyocytes.”
This success is another reminder that we (scientists and researchers of today) are still needlessly pursuing the less than ethical embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos, the ending of human lives. When comparing the two it is difficult to not concede to the preeminence of embryonic alternatives, and still the federal government wishes to fund the destruction of embryos.
While the battle continues, it looks like embryonic alternatives still have the upper hand.
For more information on stem cell research check out this website.