Arteries Bio-Engineered From Elderly Cells

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Blood Vessels and Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers from Duke University's Medical Center and Pratt School of Engineering have demonstrated that they can grow new human blood vessels from cells taken from patients who especially need such assistance: older adults with cardiovascular disease.

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The researchers said the results of their latest experiments represent a "proof of principle" for an approach that could be clinically applicable within five to ten years. The first to benefit from such bio-engineered arteries, according to lead researcher Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D., could be older patients with cardiovascular disease who need blockages in their arteries "bypassed" but do not have their own natural vessels available.

The results of the Duke experiments

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