Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves
|Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves||Darrell Miller||03/23/17|
March 23, 2017 10:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves
In this sequence, a spinach leaf is stripped of its plant cells, a process called decellularization, using a detergent. The process leaves behind the leaf's vasculature. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were able to culture beating human heart cells on such decelluralized leaves. Plants and animals exploit fundamentally different approaches to transporting fluids, chemicals and macromolecules, yet there are surprising similarities in their vascular network structures," the authors wrote. "The development of decellularized plants for scaffolding opens up the potential for a new branch of science that investigates the mimicry between plant and animal."
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