Beating heart cells created in Simon Fraser University lab

Just checking - am I living in a science fiction novel? 'Cuz things like this sure make it seem like it.

Tibbits says the heart cells are crafted by taking skin and blood cells from patients and turning them into stem cells using a technique pioneered in Japan.

”They have the capability of being stem cells, and can be directed along different lineages becoming nerve cells, pancreatic cells and in our case heart cells.”