September 30, 2010

"Bioreactors + Building Hope" with Doris Taylor

See elaborate architectural glass bulbs with tubes feeding suspended rodent hearts — one lifeless with old cells; another one stage farther, a pale "scaffold" ready for stem cells to be injected; and finally a regenerated heart pink, pumping, alive and beating on its own. Also hear the story of the man with a heart disease that told Taylor she is "building hope."

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Taylor is the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Repair at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.