Friday, March 2, 2012

From Hart to heart: Grateful Dead drummer, Gladstone Institutes work to find the sounds of cardiac cells

Mickey Hart is taking the Gladstone Institutes on a long, strange trip.
The Grammy-winning drummer with iconic hippie rock group the Grateful Dead is teaming with Deepak Srivastava, the head of San Francisco’s Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Research, in an effort to discover the sounds that cells make.
For Srivastava and other Gladstone scientists, the collaboration could help them discover if there’s a difference between the sounds of healthy cells and unhealthy ones. Converting the heart’s electrical activity into sound, Srivastava said, could give researchers and clinicians another tool for developing drugs that return them to a healthy rhythm or detour illness.

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