Research ArticleCardiovascular Disease

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Science Translational Medicine  18 Jan 2017:
Vol. 9, Issue 373, eaaf3925
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf3925

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vol. 9 no. 373

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  • Received for publication February 3, 2016
  • Accepted for publication December 23, 2016

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  1. Ellen T. Roche1,2,3,
  2. Markus A. Horvath1,2,4,*,
  3. Isaac Wamala5,*,
  4. Ali Alazmani1,2,5,6,
  5. Sang-Eun Song1,2,7,
  6. William Whyte1,2,8,
  7. Zurab Machaidze5,
  8. Christopher J. Payne1,2,
  9. James C. Weaver2,
  10. Gregory Fishbein9,
  11. Joseph Kuebler10,
  12. Nikolay V. Vasilyev5,
  13. David J. Mooney1,2,
  14. Frank A. Pigula5,11, and
  15. Conor J. Walsh1,2,
  1. 1School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
  2. 2Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, 3 Blackfan Circle, Longwood, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
  3. 3Discipline of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
  4. 4Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching, Germany.
  5. 5Department of Cardiac Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
  6. 6School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, U.K.
  7. 7Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA.
  8. 8Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  9. 9Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Ronald Reagan UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
  10. 10Department of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
  11. 11Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, USA.
  1. Corresponding author. Email: walsh{at} (C.J.W.); frank.pigula{at} (F.A.P.)
    • * Joint second authors.


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