Scientists Are Turning Spinach Leaves Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

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Spinach might be good for your heart, but scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are actually trying to turn spinach into heart tissue. Using a process that strips the cells from plants, researchers turned the leafy green into a clear cellulose structure that happens to have a similar structure to human blood vessels.

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Researchers believe that once they attach the plant structure to a blood source, the body might be able to use that to create new tissue around it, repairing damage from injury or disease.

source/image: Tech Insider

This green solution may solve the major problem now limiting the regeneration of large section of human tissues, bone, even whole organs to treat disease or traumatic injuries.

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The scientists said they were inspired by spinach’s naturally occurring vein system. While vastly different in function than human tissue, the vegetable veins have a pattern similar to vascular veins in the human heart.

Their experiment may solve a serious limitation facing researchers attempting to grow human organs in laboratories: making functioning blood vessels.

VIA Tech Insider
SOURCEwpi.edu
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