How a Canadian 'biohacker' is using apples to grow human ear

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How a Canadian 'biohacker' is using apples to grow human ear

Postby musicrock on Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:39 pm

A University of Ottawa biophysicist has hacked an apple's cell structure and used it to grow human tissue with a technique he hopes might one day pave the way to low-cost organ replacement.

Andrew Pelling and his team recently published a study in scientific journal PLOS ONE that details their experience of biohacking the fruit to not only grow mammalian cells, but actually implant them into the body of a mouse.

Pelling’s team say they started using apples because their internal cellular structures are well-suited to the job. They prepare the apple by washing it to remove the cells, leaving behind the cellulose structure that makes apples crunchy. That then becomes a “scaffold” on which they grow new cells. ... -1.2956647

If they can pull this off, the sky is the limit when it comes to reproducing body parts.

So many will be watching this very carefully.
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