Scientists build Human Heart from Pigs and DetergentSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 21:59
Scientists build Human Heart from Pigs and Detergent
Doris Taylor and her team are building new organs, hoping to reverse disease, maybe even the aging process
By Maggie Galehouse | January 23, 2013
Updated: January 28, 2013 4:02pm
It sounds like science fiction, but it is isn't.
On the ninth floor of the Texas Heart Institute's Denton Cooley building, Doris Taylor and her team are building human hearts, with help from pigs and stem cells.
"We think a pig heart is a perfect scaffold for a human heart, based on its structure and size," says Taylor, a passionate scientist with a Ph.D. in pharmacology.