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Scientists Transformed A Spinach Leaf Into Mini Version Of A Working Heart

Scientists Transformed A Spinach Leaf Into Mini Version Of A Working Heart

There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.

Jean Giraudoux

Heart is the most important and powerful organ in our body, it pumps blood to all parts of the body and brings them oxygen and food.

How blissful would it be to invent something that can replicate the functions of a heart, which allows the researchers to study this vital most organ more deeply? Believe it or not, but the scientists claim that they have built a mini version of a working heart with the help of a Spinach Leaf.

Mini Version Of Working Heart With Spinach Leaf

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Since time immemorial, we have all been taught how important Spinach leaves are for good health. But did you ever imagine, it can turn into a mini model of a working heart? Allegedly, the researchers have found a way to use spinach leaf to build a working human heart muscle, which an potentially solve a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.

Researchers have apparently already worked and created large scale human tissues in the lab, but working on the smaller tissues and their vascular systems was something that was challenging for them. But, the new study of the scientists, now indicates a new way to grow the delicate and smaller vascular system, which will definitely prove to be a way forward for tissue engineering.

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Why Did The Scientists Use Spinach Leaf?

According to the scientists, the main limitation in tissue engineering is to get the vascular system in place, because without it, the tissue suffers death. The best and the most usable part of the leaf is its branching network of the veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. It allowed the researchers to use the plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue.

How Did They Transform The Spinach Leaf Into Mini Working Heart?

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In order to transform the spinach leaf into a working model of human heart, it was modified in the lab, by removing all the plant cells from it. After this process, the leaf is nothing but a frame of cellulose, as claimed by the scientists. The researchers also claim that cellulose has been widely used in an array of regenerative medicine applications, such as cartilage tissue engineering, bone tissue engineering, and wound healing.

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Post the removal of plant cells, the frame was bathed in live human cells, so that the human tissue grew on the spinach scaffolding and surrounded the tiny veins. After this transformation step, the scientists sent fluids and microbeads through the veins to prove that blood cells can flow through this system.

The eventual goal of this study is apparently to repair the damaged heart tissues post a heart aliment or heart attack. Researchers also claim that such processes can be used for different body parts, for example, after removing the plant cells from wood, it might serve the purpose of a bone.

Scientists Transformed A Spinach Leaf Into Mini Version Of A Working Heart
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