Scientists in Massachusetts have converted a spinach leaf into a tiny, beating human heart muscle.WPI research team shows spinach leaves stripped of plant cells can become a vascular network to deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to grow human tissues like cardiac muscle to treat heart attack patients.
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.
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.