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Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own

A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) to create lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own. The researchers used various enzymes and special cleansing detergents to strip a mouse heart of all its cells, and then sprayed it with the human iPS cells. After a period of a few weeks, the human cells had repopulated the mouse heart, and it began beating at a rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute.

 

This could eventually lead to personalized organ transplants, or even just a great way to study in the lab the way they human heart develops or how it responds to drugs. Read more and checkout the video of the beating heart.

Five Quick Reads

Live Forever! Can Science Deliver Immortality?

1912 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel said “Death is not necessary … [it is] merely a contingent phenomenon.” Soon, he predicted, we would be engineering human tissues from cell clusters and growing replacement organs in vitro. Growing old would be a thing of the past. We, like cells, are meant to live forever.  But fast forward to today: if anything certain can be gleaned from the current public argument between evolutionary and experimental biologists, it is how limited the scientific understanding of our aging actually is. Read more

"The Future Of Medicine" With Richard Barker

Richard Barker is Executive Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) -- a partnership between Oxford University and University College London (UCL), created to develop new structures for medical innovation. CASMI aims to address the issues that have led to current failures in the translation of basic bioscience into affordable and widely adopted new treatments. In this podcast Liz Parrish interviews Richard Barker about current book 2030 - The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown. They also discuss how his vision in this book translates to CASMI. Listen to the Biotrove podcast
Founder of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes Invented A Way To Run 30 Lab Tests On Only One Drop Of Blood

Elizabeth Holmes, now thirty years of age, dropped out of Stanford and founded a company called Theranos with her tuition money. Last fall it finally introduced its radical blood-testing service in a Walgreens pharmacy in the SIlicon Valley (the plan is to roll out testing centers nation­wide). Instead of vials of blood — one for every test needed — Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses.  Read more
U.S. Life Expectancy Continues To Tick Upward

In the United States, life expectancy has gone up once more and death rates have fallen. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention come from information found in death certificates from the year 2012. And the study finds that for a child born that year, life expectancy is 78 years and 9.5 months - that's a record. Listen to Robert Siegel talks about the details of the findings with Elizabeth Arias, a statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics, or read the transcript
 
These Six Diseases Should Worry You More Than Ebola 

Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian citizen visiting the U.S., has died. He was the first and so far only patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. It’s important not to trivialize his death, but it’s also important to put it in perspective. Read more
 
Upcoming Events
October 9, 2014, La Jolla, California - Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa9th Annual Scientific Symposium

October 16-18, 2014, Seville, Spain9th European Congress on Biogerontology: International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics

October 16-19, 2014, San Antonio, Texas - 2014 San Antonio Nathan Shock Center Conference on Aging: “The Microbiome in Aging and Age-related Disease

November 1-2, 2014, Beijing, China - 2014 International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD 2014)

November 5-9, 2014, Washington DC - Gerontological Society of America (GSA): 67th Annual Scientific Meeting
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

With help from Liz Parrish, Mallory E. McLaren and Sven Bulterijs

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