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Insights Into Treating Blood Disorders including Sickle Cell Anemia

Discovery by Scripps Research scientists may offer insight into treating blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia. In a new study, Velia Fowler, PhD, and her lab at The Scripps Research Institute report that a protein called myosin IIA contracts to give red blood cells their distinctive shape.

The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could shed light on sickle cell diseases and other disorders where red blood cells are deformed.

Matured Human Heart Muscle Grown From Stem Cells

Researchers developed a heart muscle, which is developed from stem cells taken from a small blood sample of any of us, current bioengineered tissues fail to show some of the most critical hallmarks of adult human heart function. Growing human cardiac tissue that behaves like native heart muscle would be transformative for biomedical research, enabling researchers to study human physiology and model heart diseases under fully controlled conditions. The study was published in Nature.