Source: New York Times — Aug 6, 2010

Two research reports published Friday offer novel approaches to the age-old dream of regenerating the body from its own cells.

By inactivating two genes that work to suppress tumors, a research group at Stanford University got mouse muscle cells to revert to a younger state, start dividing and help repair tissue.

A way to reprogram the ordinary tissue cells of the heart into heart muscle cells, the type that is irretrievably lost in a heart attack, was developed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

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