Immune cells mistake heart attacks for viral infections

Researchers found that the immune system plays a surprising role in the aftermath of heart attacks. After a heart attack, DNA from dying cells masquerades as a virus and activates an ancient antiviral program in immune cells. The research could lead to new therapeutic strategies for heart disease. The study, published in Nature Medicine, was partly funded by NHLBI.

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