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The template was there all along:

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.

Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate networks. Now, with this breakthrough, it seems turning plants with their delicate veins into human tissue could be the key to delivering blood via a vascular system into the new tissue.

Taking a closer look:

Maybe that Popeye fellow was on to something after all.

(Via Joseph Hertzlinger.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    26 March 2017 · 8:23 pm

    Hm, brings new meaning to:

    “My vegetable love should grow
    Vaster than empires, and more slow.”

  2. Mark »

    26 March 2017 · 10:26 pm

    That would be truly amazing!

  3. Roger O Green »

    27 March 2017 · 10:50 am

    This is very cool; Popeye got me to eat spinach.

  4. Holly H »

    27 March 2017 · 12:36 pm

    Cool quote!
    “My vegetable love should grow
    Vaster than empires, and more slow.”

    That sent me on a research mission. Finally found someone who assures me that they know the meaning of it:
    (see link below)
    Excerpt: ” I propose to argue that his ‘vegetable love’ rather than being an unwieldy oak tree is, in fact, a potato. Not the common garden spud but the more erotically alluring sweet potato.”

    Who knew sweet potatoes were alluring? Wow.

  5. fillyjonk »

    27 March 2017 · 1:42 pm

    I think MFK Fisher also used a bit of the ol’ Andrew Marvell in one of her essays, but it was about vegetarianism (“Being content with a vegetable love” or some such)

    I always figured Marvell was essentially telling his coy mistress, “We’re gonna be dead fairly soon, so let’s get it on – it’s not like we’re oak trees or something”

  6. The Other McCain »

    27 March 2017 · 2:49 pm

    In The Mailbox: 03.27.17

    Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries, also, Trust The Sailor Man

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