[Swiftwater Gazette] Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Sat Mar 25 19:08:14 EDT 2017

 Scientiststurn spinach leaf into working heart tissue
Researchershave managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and areon the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branchingnetworks of blood vessels in human tissue.
Untilnow, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing torecreate these intricate networks.
Now,with this breakthrough, it seems turning plants with their delicateveins into human tissue could be the key to delivering blood via avascular system into the new tissue.
Scientistshave managed in the past to create small-scale artificial samples ofhuman tissue, but they have struggled to create it on a large scale,which is what would be needed to treat injury.
Researchershave suggested that eventually this technique could be used to growlayers of healthy heart muscle to treat patients who have suffered aheart attack.

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