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Mar 27, 2017

Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food

If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood — and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz — look no further than spinach. (Here’s to Popeye, eating the stuff by the can to inflate his biceps.) Spinach alone, of course, won’t pump anyone up. But it does have a few physical properties of the type that excite biomedical engineers. Spinach grows a network of veins, for instance, that thread through its leaves in a way similar to blood vessels through a human heart.

These leafy veins allowed researchers at Massachusetts’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute to give a new meaning to heart-healthy spinach. The tissue engineers, as they reported recently in the journal Biomaterials, stripped green spinach leaves of their cells. The spinach turned translucent. The scientists seeded the gaps that the plant cells left behind with human heart tissue. Heart cells, in clusters, beat for up to three weeks in this unusual environment.

The inspiration for the human-plant fusion came over lunch — and, yes, the leafy greens were involved — when WPI bioengineers Glenn Gaudette and Joshua Gershlak began to brainstorm new ways to tackle a deadly medical problem: the lack of donor organs. Of the more than 100,000 people on the donor list, nearly two dozen people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

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Mar 27, 2017

10 AMAZING Abilities HIDDEN in Your GENES

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

Amazing Genes are HIDDEN inside of us; Science has found it. In 2014 one of the craziest science experiments by some incredible scientists at Oxford University found that less than 10% of human DNA is active, meaning that the majority of your genetic code is just sitting around doing nothing.

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Mar 25, 2017

Farmers of the Future Will Sit Behind Screens

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, transportation

Farming is about to change forever.

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Mar 21, 2017

Texture is the final frontier of food science

Posted by in categories: food, science

Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that’s just the beginning.

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Mar 21, 2017

Automation Coming to a Restaurant Near You

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Mar.20 — Fast food giants have placed big bets on technology with the aim of getting a competitive edge, with both well-known and upstart restaurants getting in on the action. Bloomberg’s Kaitlin Meehan has more.

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Mar 19, 2017

Dreams do come true…

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Mar 19, 2017

How Sensors, Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Agriculture

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

This means we need new ways to grow food that are smarter and helps regulate our use of land, water and energy in order to feed the planet and avoid a global food crisis.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute believe the answer lies in sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.

In a new initiative called FarmView, researchers are working to combine sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence to create a fleet of mobile field robots they hope will improve plant breeding and crop-management practices.

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Mar 18, 2017

World’s First Lab-Grown Chicken Has Been Tasted And Apparently It’s Delicious

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Will vegetarians start eating meat if this works out?


Lab-grown meat is a not a new concept. We’ve had the meatball, the world’s most expensive beefburger, and possibly shrimp. Now it’s the turn of chicken and duck.

San Francisco-based startup, Memphis Meats, has produced the very first “clean meat” poultry grown from cells in a lab, serving them up in a taste test that included classic southern fried chicken and decidedly fancy duck a l’orange.

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Mar 17, 2017

Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies and Operation in Space

Posted by in categories: food, space travel

A critical component of future, human exploration to worlds unknown, will be the supply of edible food for crewmembers. To develop innovations in cultivating food in closed-loop systems becomes integral to future missions.

The goal of the EDEN ISS project is to advance controlled environment agriculture technologies beyond the state-of-the-art. It focuses on ground demonstration of plant cultivation technologies and their application in space. EDEN ISS develops safe food production for on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human space exploration vehicles and planetary outposts.

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Mar 17, 2017

A San Francisco startup just created the world’s first lab-grown chicken

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Silicon Valley company Memphis Meats says it has cultivated the world’s first lab-grown chicken from self-reproducing cells.

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