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First Biologic Pacemaker Created By Gene Therapy In Guinea Pigs

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September 12, 2002
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Working with guinea pigs, Johns Hopkins scientists have created what is believed to be the first biologic pacemaker for the heart, paving the way for a genetically engineered alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers. The advance, reported in the Sept. 12 issue of Nature, uses gene therapy to convert a small fraction of guinea pigs' heart muscle cells into specialized "pacing" cells.

Working with guinea pigs, Johns Hopkins scientists have created what is believed to be the first biologic pacemaker for the heart, paving the way for a genetically engineered alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers. The advance, reported in the Sept. 12 issue of Nature, uses gene therapy to convert a small fraction of guinea pigs' heart muscle cells into specialized "pacing" cells. "We now can envision a day when it will be possible to recreate an individual's pacemaker cells or develop hybrid pacemakers -- part electronic and part biologic," says Eduardo Marbαn, M.D., Ph.D., Michel Mirowski professor at Hopkins' Institute of Molecular Cardiology, adding that clinical applications are still a few years away.


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