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A Real Heart that Beats Even Outside the Body

 - Jun 3, 2009
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This beating heart comes from the genius researchers at the North Carolina State University. They made it possible to keep a heart beating outside the body, a find that has amazing medical potential.

"Currently, most medical device prototypes designed for use in heart surgery are tested on live pigs, which have heart valves that are anatomically similar to human heart valves," NCSU says of the ‘dynamic heart system,’ adding, "However, these tests are both expensive and time-consuming, and involve a lengthy permission process to ensure that the use of live animals is necessary."

Oh yes, and there is a video! While it’s a miraculous innovation, it’s got that Frankenstein appeal some people without a medical background might find a little gory.

It’s strange, but really compelling.