by David Prentice
July 15, 2008
Japanese and German groups are reporting that they have produced functioning heart cells from mouse induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Both reports are published online ahead of print in the journal Circulation.
The two groups produced various cardiac cell types with the iPS cells, including beating cardiac cells in the lab dish. Both reports note that the iPS-derived cardiac cells were comparable to those obtained from mouse embryonic stem cells.