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Can spinach leaf be transformed in working heart tissue?

Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have transformed a spinach leaf into functional heart tissue. The team’s goal was to recreate human organ tissue down to the fragile vascular networks of blood vessels it can’t survive without. Scientists had previously attempted to 3D print intricate vascular networks without success. This breakthrough could mean that the delicate vascular systems of plants are the key.

To create the heart tissue, the scientists at WPI revealed the leaf’s cellulose frame by stripping away the plant cells. Then, they “seeded” the frame with human cells, causing tissue growth on the frame. Finally, they were able to pump microbeads and fluids through the veins to illustrate the functioning concept.



Repairing Damage, Creating Replacements
Although other scientists have been able to create small-scale artificial samples of human tissue, those samples required integration with existing blood vessels. The large-scale creation of working tissue infused with the vascular vessels critical to tissue health had proven impossible.

Researchers Have Transformed a Spinach Leaf Into Working Heart Tissue
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Because the technique could help people grow layers of stronger, healthier heart muscle, the team suggests that it could eventually be used to treat heart attack patients or others whose hearts have difficulty contracting. The researchers have also experimented with parsley, peanut hairy roots, and sweet wormwood as they believe the technique could make use of different kinds of plants to repair other types of tissues. For example, wood cellulose frames could one day help us repair human bones.

“We have a lot more work to do, but so far this is very promising,” Glenn Gaudette, a professor of biomedical engineering at WPI, told The Telegraph. “Adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years for use in tissue engineering could solve a host of problems limiting the field.”

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Kravenhead
Not yet, but maybe one day, yes.
That's interesting.
They're using the spinach cellulose as a scaffold for the network of veins needed in heart tissue.
I'd like to see more of this as it develops.
Maybe Popeye was right - Spinach does make us stronger.

By the way - I've always liked spinach. Even as a kid I was a veggie guy.

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Kravenhead
12 day(s) ago
There might be one in a couple of months. It'll take time to produce doses, so like you said, there will be priorities in terms of who gets the first rounds.

philosopher
12 day(s) ago
Sometime next year we will have vaccine. First responses will come first, than seniors. I initially heard it could out this month but, politicians are working to stop that. We need it ASAP.

Kravenhead
12 day(s) ago
Thanks. Nice of you to think of that.
Unfortunately, with all that's going on, I'd be afraid to eat it.

philosopher
13 day(s) ago
When I am better I will make some. Wish I could send you a piece but, no idea how. I’d have to freeze it and vacuum pack it. Never did that.

Kravenhead
13 day(s) ago
That sounds good. Thanks.
I put it in my recipes folder.
I probably won't try it until I can get out and do my own shopping again.

philosopher
13 day(s) ago
I tried different recipes but, have not made it since before I was sick in the Spring. Here is a recipe but, I prefer scallions.
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/259902/italian-spinach-and-ricotta-pie/

philosopher
13 day(s) ago
I make it with organic ricotta, or cottage cheese, scallions garlic, basil and other spices. Nothing sweet,

Kravenhead
13 day(s) ago
With the exception of spinach dip, which almost everyone seems to like, I think we're in the minority.
I've never had spinach pie, but I'd probably like it if it's not too sweet.

philosopher
13 day(s) ago
Yes I like spinach and make spinach pie.

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