|10 February 2017|

Canada

Scientists have developed a 3D heart tissue which will help improve understanding of cardiac health and advance treatment options.

A team from Toronto’s York University, led by chemistry Professor Muhammad Yousaf, has come up with a method to stick three different types of cardiac cells together, like Velcro, to make heart tissue that beats as one.

“This breakthrough will allow better and earlier drug testing, and potentially eliminate harmful or toxic medications sooner,” said Yousaf of York U’s Faculty of Science.

Yousaf added that larger versions of the 3D cardiac – created at a millimeter scale – could be made.

The teams study, Scaffold Free Bio-orthogonal Assembly of 3-Dimensional Cardiac Tissue via Cell Surface Engineering, was published in Nature Scientific Reports.