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A Pacemaker Made From Living Tissue?

The idea is the brainchild of a former Georgetown University researcher who believes that, if successful, the innovative pacemakers could be made from lung or embryonic cells and would replace their mechanical counterparts. Martin Morad has received a $10 million public-private grant from South Carolina's Centers for Economic Excellence program to conduct the research, which draws from experts in tissue regeneration, stem cells, and cell biology at surrounding universities. The Medical University of South Carolina is even building a facility to house Morad's research.