Is Frankenstein Possible? Growing Human Blood Vessels and Artificial Organs
Micromasony, or the ability to use cells for building artificial organs is something MIT researchers have been working on for some time. Now there has been a new breakthrough where scientists have found they can actually take lab-grown tissue to grow its own blood vessels. Teams have implanted new vessels into mice cornea and confirmed new capillary growth. To see a video of this actual growth, check out a link by Popsci by clicking here.
If we can take cells and turn them into artificial organs, use tissue to grow blood vessels, is a Frankenstein type creature next? Actually lightning bolts do have some place in this discussion. According to Popsci “Lightning bolts may not bring Frankenstein to life, but their blood vessel-like patterns could form the foundation for artificial organs. Now researchers at Texas A&M University hope that those pretty feathery patterns could find a use, channeling bodily fluids through artificial organs. Discovery News reports that the lighting-carved tunnels resemble veins and arteries near the spot where nails are driven into the blocks, while the patterns deeper within the block appear more like smaller capillaries.”
- Global Artificial Organs Market to Reach US$15.4 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (prweb.com)
- Artificial Blood Vessels Grown in Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogels (medgadget.com)
- How to Grow a New Lung (discovermagazine.com)