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Muscle for a damaged heart

When cardiac muscle cells die during a heart attack, this can lead to heart failure and even death. It now emerges that stem cells of the 'sheet' enveloping the heart can be coaxed to form new muscle after such an event. See Letter p.640

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Figure 1: Recapitulating heart development.


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