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LATEST NEWS: Small molecules that makes stem cells into heart cells.

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San Diego, Calif., August 13, 2015 – Researchers at the Human BioMolecular Research Institute, the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (Sanford-Burnham-Prebys), and ChemRegen, Inc. have created a small molecule that convert stem cells to heart cells. Published online on August 13th in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, the team describes how they synthesized and tested a novel class of 1,5-disubstituted benzimidazoles that can be used to generate unlimited numbers of new heart cells from stem cells.

“Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country we need to effectively replace lost heart muscle cells—called cardiomyocytes” said Mark Mercola, Ph.D., Director of Sanford-Burnham-Preby’s Muscle Development and Regeneration Program. “Using a small molecule to create new heart muscle cells from stem cells is very appealing.”

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