Scientists use spinach to create heart tissue

Posted at 8:18 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 08:24:44-04

WORCESTER, MASS-- A team of scientists are creating human tissue, transforming spinach leaves into beating heart tissue.

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts say they came up with the idea over lunch.
They first used detergent to strip the spinach leaves of their cells--turning them translucent.

Then, they seeded the spinach veins with human heart tissue.

After several days, the muscle cells began to beat.

The spinach/human hybrid moves as the red liquid courses through the spinach veins.

Scientists hope their research could someday help treat heart attack patients.

The study is published in the journal Biomaterials.