Shortage of organs could be solved by growing organs from stem cells. In fact, the traditional method involved in growing organs are complex as well as expensive. For solving this problem, a Canadian inventor and scientist, Andrew Pelling is making his attempts. His has come up with a solution of implanting human cells into apples with the help of his lab. The idea behind preparing human ears from apples is gaining popularity.
Obviously, you don’t expect a behaviour of rooting through bins from a successful scientist. He is a biohacker who breaks the convention into more than one ways. Recently, he published a paper with the explanation of how apples are useful to grow human body parts.
According to Mr. Pelling, it is difficult staying creative with science. What is the main advantage and specialty of the research that Mr, Pelling is doing? His idea mainly focused on using trash to find treasure. And the most amazing thing is that it doesn’t seem creepy to him. He runs his own lab at Ottawa University, the Pelling Laboratory for Physical Manipulation.
One of his latest project is creating ‘human’ ears out of cells from apples. It is similar to human ears in shape but cannot hear like the Hunan ears does. These ears also contain human cells, or ‘scaffolding’. His lab was not set up with an intention to grow ears from apples.
Daniel Modulevsky is a lab member, working with leaves removing their cells from the cellulose scaffold that gives plants their structure. There arises the trouble in stripping the leaves’ waxy coating. One day, he saw another lab member who was eating apple. Instead, he got an idea of using an apple. Then, he and Pelling removed all the cells and DNA of an Macintosh Apple and then implemented human cells. After removing the cells, they are left with cellulose scaffold.
Wife of Mr. Pelling carved the apples into the shapes of an ear. Then she took them to the lab where the scientists treated then to turn the apple cells into human ears. According to the papers which Pelling and his colleagues published in the journal PLOS One states that it is possible to implant scaffolds in the body. The significance and importance of this project lies in the fact that apples are cheap in comparison of other ways of building body part scaffolds. Commercial scaffolds are really expensive and they can be problematic too. Their sources are proprietary products, animals or cadavers. But the apples ones are cheap and costs pennies.
They are developing kits in order to provide the facility of making these things at home easily. Spiderwort, Mr Pelling’s Company, developed machines for making scaffolds. This technology is open source and the instructions are available online. The technology is still not out for sale but the pre-instructions are available on the website of the company. Well definitely, it is going to help worldwide organ shortage.