April 30, 2013 | Jasmine

If I had a weak heart, the last thing I'd want is to catch a virus. But what if that virus carried information that might save my life? A new clinical trial in the UK will introduce genetically engineered viruses into the heart muscle of patients with damaged or failing hearts.

Catching this virus, however, won't a simple affair. It'll be inserted via a tube into the blood vessels of the leg and pushed into the ailing heart muscle.

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Researchers at Imperial College London hope that the hearts being treated will start to produce more of a protein seen in healthier hearts.

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Jenny

January 28, 2014 at 13:02

I believe that would be nice but i have a feeling thats is impossible!

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