Feb 11, 2016
Turns Out You Can Create Artificial Organs With Cotton Candy Machines
You might want to take a closer look at the next flute of cotton candy you buy.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a very sweet way to make templates for artificial organs, and it involves one of your favourite childhood treats.
According to Engadget, the VU researching team “discovered that the same centrifugal process that melts sugar into…strands also turns hydrogel into cell-friendly microfibers that behave like capillaries in the human body.”
Don’t get too excited about the news quite yet, though. The gel hasn’t been able to live for much more than a week quite yet & I don’t know too many people who would be happy about the idea of weekly transplant surgeries.