Published in Blood Weekly, August 11th, 2005
"An estimated 275 000 patients undergo heart valve replacement each year. However, existing solutions for valve replacement are complicated by the morbidity associated with lifelong anticoagulation of mechanical valves and the limited durability of bioprostheses.
"Recent advances in tissue engineering and our understanding of stem cell biology may provide a lifelong solution to these problems," wrote investigators in Scotland.
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