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He promised to restore damaged hearts. Harvard says it was a scientific error.

"These incremental results kept jumping alive," said Dr. Field. At a scientific meeting, Dr. Murry that he questioned Dr. Anversa's…

“These incremental results kept jumping alive,” said Dr. Field.

At a scientific meeting, Dr. Murry that he questioned Dr. Anversa’s results. On a screen he put a glide of heart cells from his lab and next to a glide of heart cells from Dr. Anversa’s laboratory. Then he set up a photo-shot image of his laboratory’s cells. They looked exactly like the cells from Dr. Anversa’s laboratory.

During the question and answer period, Dr. Anversas colleague and partner, Dr. Bernardo Nadal-Ginard, the microphone for offering a dreamy riposte to Dr. Murry

“I love Plácido Domingo,” said Dr. Nadal-Ginard claims. “I wish I could sing as Plácido Domingo. I try to sing as Plácido Domingo, and I fail.”

“You,” he told Dr. Murry, “not Plácido Domingo.”

It became known as the virtual defense.

Harvard examines

As Dr. Anversa’s fame grew, together with contributions, he possibly earned the largest scientific plaudite 2007: a professor at Harvard Medical School and a position at his college, Brigham and Women, as head of her center for regenerative medicine.

Officials at the hospital and university refused to discuss their employment. In a statement, the hospital said: “Breakthrough knowledge can primarily be perceived as controversial. The controversy about its research results is not enough to rule out an otherwise qualified individual.”

In 2012 a new controversy emerged.

A key member of Dr. Anversa’s team, Dr. Jan Kajstura, was the first author of a circulating paper that seemed to offer final proof that the heart can regenerate. He worked with a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Bruce Buchholz, who measured carbon isotope levels in 36 hearts from people aged 2 to 78. Because of nuclear testing done in the 1950s, elderly people were exposed to more radioactive isotopes than younger people.

If the body can not produce new heart cells, the amount of radioactive carbon should have been higher in the hearts of older people. But in this document, Dr. Kajstura and his colleagues reported that older hearts had no more radioactive carbon. Heart cells are constantly replaced, they stopped.

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