From Spinach Leaf to Human Heart

From Spinach Leaf to Human Heart

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 529 , Segment 6

Episode: Approval to Strike Syria, Colonial Cryptography, Pet Food Myths

  • Apr 11, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 17:09 mins

Guest: Glenn Gaudette, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of WPI’s Myocardial Regeneration Lab   The science of tissue regeneration has made incredible progress in recent years. Bioengineers can now coax generic cells to specialize into heart cells that beat, for example. But getting those cells to grow into a functioning heart – or even just heart tissue - is a big leap. Researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute think spinach might help. They’ve trained human heart cells to regenerate on a spinach leaf. And no, they’re not trying to create a leafy-green Frankenstein.

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