Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have successfully developed a miniature heart organoid, created from 35,000 pluripotent stem cells. The organoid, which is approximately half a millimeter in diameter, contracts like a human heart and can be electrically stimulated. The groundbreaking development paves the way for future research into the earliest stages of the human heart, as well as the development of treatments for a range of heart defects.
The TUM team is the first in the world to create an organoid with cells of the outer layer of the heart wall and heart muscle cells, opening up new possibilities for the study of the heart. Although the heart does not pump blood, the researchers believe it can provide answers for further research in the field.
Article written by Lee Bullen