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The Seattle Times reports that Dr. Charles Murry, UW professor of pathology, bioengineering and cardiology, and colleagues have successfully regenerated heart muscle in monkeys using human stem cells. This research, published in the April 30, 2014 advanced online edition of Nature, is “proof-of-concept” that this method could one day be applied to humans whose hearts are damaged by heart attack and at risk for heart failure.

With this research, Dr. Murry and collaborator Dr. Michael Laflamme, adjunct professor of bioengineering, show promising progress towards solving the “burgeoning public-health problem” of cardiac disease.

In The Seattle Times’s article, Dr. Murry discusses his research team’s triumphs, challenges and his personal motivation and inspiration for this groundbreaking work. Read the article at seattletimes.com.