Tbx6 revealed as crucial to heart and skeleton formation from stem cells

Many studies have attempted to identify a single transcription factor that can induce formation of mesoderm, an early layer in embryonic development, without help from other cellular proteins; none have been successful, until now. In a new study published in Cell Stem Cell, “Tbx6 Induces Nascent Mesoderm from Pluripotent Stem Cells and Temporally Controls Cardiac […]

Death from cardiac disease in young football players more prevalent than previously thought

Researchers have found that silent heart conditions that cause sudden death in young athletes affect 1 in 266 football players affiliated with the English Football Association. Death rates in these young players are also three times more prevalent than previously thought. Most deaths were due to heart muscle diseases that were not detectable with screening […]