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Scientists to tackle heart bypass failure

16th August 2011

Researchers at Glasgow University have been awarded a grant of £3.9 million for the development of a gene therapy which could stop heart bypass operations failing.

In coronary artery bypass operations, surgeons use a leg vein to encourage blood flow to the heart. This can be a failure, as new cells growth can lead to the narrowing and blocking of the vein. The study's leader, Professor Andrew Baker, said: "This study will enable us to test the safety and efficacy of this new treatment [gene therapy] and provide the data to support future studies in larger numbers of patients."

 

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