How research at Bournemouth University is helping improve our understanding of heart function

What can the heart of a fly tell us about the human heart?

Research using fruit flies named Drosophila (from Greek meaning “dew loving”), lead by Dr Paul Hartley, a geneticist at Bournemouth University, has produced results that could help in our understanding of heart disorders in humans. By reducing the gene production of a protein called SPARC (Secreted Protein Acidic Rich in Cysteine) in the flies, cardiomyopathy was apparently “cured”. It raises the tantalising question of whether targeting this protein could help human cardiomyopathy sufferers in future…

To see a cool picture of a fly’s heart, and to find out more about this amazing research, click here.

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