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February 2, 2005

Researchers develop 'biological pacemaker'

Topics: Health Issues

This is life-saving news for a lot of people.

Australian scientists have succeeded in using gene therapy to repair damaged tissue in human heart cells.

While the research is still in the laboratory stage, doctors say it offers real hope to heart patients in the future.

When patients have a heart attack, the muscles are damaged, forming scar tissue which disrupts the heart's normal function.

Dr Ian Alexander, the head of gene therapy at the Children's Medical Research Institute, says this process may now be reversible.

Posted by Hyscience at February 2, 2005 1:56 PM

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