A research team at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro have began using spinach leaves to grow healthy heart tissue. They published their findings in a paper titled “Crossing kingdoms: Using decellularized plants as perfusable tissue engineering scaffolds” (sounds like some a real page-turner, right?) The team found that plants such as spinach have a fluid transport network similar to that of humans, so they began demonstrating that it’s possible to transport fluid and small particles on a leaf. The goal is to ultimately use this discovery in the tissue engineering field and to develop a platform to test new drugs that can save lives. Maybe Popeye was right after all...