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A lifeline for suffocating tissues

When a blood vessel becomes blocked, the ideal treatment would be a drug that induces new vessel formation in the damaged tissue, without affecting healthy tissues. With the chemical nitrite, we might be on to a winner.

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Mazzone, M., Carmeliet, P. A lifeline for suffocating tissues. Nature 453, 1194–1195 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/4531194a

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