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Veggies: From Superfood to Superorgans
[ Issue 153 Page 2 ] Wednesday, May 03, 2017, 22:26:34 Hyunwoo Shin Junior Staff hwshin0102@kaist.ac.kr

Recently, spinach has shown the potential to be used differently to potentially save countless lives of people with critical health conditions.

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been carrying out extensive research in the field of regenerative science, aiming to devise a method to create organs and tissues that can substitute human organs. Recently, a biomedical team at the WPI successfully swapped the plant cells of the leaves of spinach plants with human cells and was able to transform the veins in the plant leaves to human blood vessels.

The success in transformation was a huge deal in the science industry, as scientists have always struggled to create such delicate networks when aiming to create human blood vessels. With this discovery, the WPI is definitely one of the leading harbingers in the race to solve the donor crisis. With the plan to create lungs made of cauliflower next, the WPI shows great potential in the field of regenerative science.

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