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Spinach tissue used as a scaffold for engineered human heart

by Futures Centre, Sep 7
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Scientists have used tissue taken from a spinach leaf to provide a supportive structure for vessels in an engineered human heart, enabling the blood to flow through a network of tiny plant-derived ‘veins’. 

Creating resilient vascular networks is currently a limiting factor for organ and tissue engineering, says Joshua Gershlak, a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts who co-authored the study, published in Biomaterials. 

The plant cells were removed from the plant (a process called ‘decellularization’) to create a scaffold that could be used in human tissue.


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