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HeROs Awarded Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Grant

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have been using space-simulation machines to enhance the ability of pluripotent stem cells to turn into cardiac muscle cells. Now they – or the cells they've carefully cultured, at least -- will get the chance to try the real thing on the International Space Station.

Chunhui Xu, PhD, Kevin Maher, MD, Rajneesh Jha, PhD and colleagues have been awarded a two-year grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space supporting their work. The project is titled "Generation of Cardiomyocytes from Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiac Progenitors Expanded in Microgravity". 

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