ChemE Prof Grows Tiny Hearts for Research

Tiny bits of human skin are being transformed into miniature, beating hearts in a scientific medical breakthrough a University of Toronto researcher believes will not only save lives but alter the course of drug testing forever.

The rod-shaped, elastic-like, thumbnail-sized patch of tissue is only about 6mm long but expands and contracts just like a beating heart. It’s a feat that its creator, U of T chemical engineering professor Milica Radisic, originated from human skin biopsies, such as newborn foreskin tissue.

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