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Coronavirus may infect heart cells of COVID-19 patients, scientists say


The study, published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, was based on experiments conducted in lab-grown heart muscle cells which were produced from unspecialised human stem cells.

The scientists also found that treatment with an antibody protein could lock onto the human cell surface receptor ACE2 — a known SARS-CoV-2 ‘gateway’ into cells. (Reuters photo)

Researchers, including those of Indian-origin, have shown that the novel coronavirus can infect lab-grown cardiac muscle cells, indicating it may be possible for the virus to directly cause heart infection in COVID-19 patients.

The study, published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, was based on experiments ...


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