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Researchers at Massachusetts’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute have found a way to convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue that can beat, according to a new Chicago Tribune article.
The findings were published in the journal Biomaterals. The researchers stripped green spinach leaves of their cells, which turned them translucent. Then they seeded the gaps that the plant cells left with human tissue, and they were able to beat for up to three weeks.
"One of the big problems in engineering heart muscle is getting blood flow to all of the cells," said Glenn Gaudette, an investigator on the research and a professor of biomedical engineering at WPI. "Heart muscle is pretty thick."
To read the full story, follow the link below.Topic: Structural HeartAuthor Reference: Katherine DavisContent Type: Referenced ContentNews Source: Chicago TribuneTop Story: no