British biomedical engineers are developing a special patch for sick hearts on the basis of spinach leaves. Scientists are also considering the use of other vegetables for therapeutic purposes.
Soon special flaps to cure sick hearts? Biomedical engineers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working on the development of a heart patch based on spinach leaves, CBS said. The structure of a sheet offers such a possibility.
Once united with human truncated cells, the spinach leaf veins are able to replace the core muscles in case the original organ is infected or damaged.
“So, as we have not yet tested with blood, we put in color and we inserted small particles representing the blood cells. They spread through the sheets, “says Professor Glenn Gaudette.
In this process, only the structure of the cellulose of the spinach leaf is preserved. The structure is then mixed with human truncated cells and parsley trunks to create a tissue identical to the heart muscles with the veins and arteries.
The researchers are also analyzing the possibility of using other vegetables for therapeutic purposes. According to Glenn Gaudette, bamboo can be tested as a replacement for bone.
The researcher says his team is beginning to study vegetables benefiting from a three-dimensional structure. According to him, for example, broccoli and cauliflower have a three-dimensional structure identical to that of the lungs