I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.
The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.
Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.
Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.
The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place.
This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.
This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.
What happens when you burn a hole in a CD and blow air in it.
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Yo I’ma do so much bitchin science shit with my kids when I have em…
This is someone dying while having an MRI scan. Before you die, your brain releases tons and tons of endorphins that make you feel a range of emotions. Tragically beautiful.
Sojarr of Titan by Manly Wade Wellman, illustrator unknown
In the future avatar thumbnails are just your faces now. they’re more interesting anyways.
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Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1938
From a short lived strip starting in Blue Beetle #9, 1940 Dr. Flavius Brock, “noted brain surgeon” is pleased when his order of one fresh gorilla comes in from the Congo aboard a ship and sets about conking a dockside hobo over the head so he can transplant his brain into the gorilla because… well because.
At that moment who should stumble in but his assistant Castle who has just returned from making the moves on Brock’s beautiful daughter (all comic book and B movie mad doctors have beautiful daughters it’s a rule or something) those same moves being rejected so that not only is Castle late for work he’s drunk to boot.
Not happy with his assistant the doc decides to go for a brain up-grade and bashes Castle over the head and uses his brain.
Waking up Castle is none to happy about this and kills Dr. Brock, which means he has to go to another doctor to get another body, but he ends up killing him as well when the second doctor loses it on being confronted by a talking gorilla.
After that Castle does himself up invisible man style with gloves, full head mummy head wrap, trench coat and snap brim hat and turns to crime. Ironically enough he is soon known to law enforcement as The Gorilla. He is opposed mainly by the boy friend of Dr. Brock’s daughter, because he just won’t leave the girl along.
As a master criminal he’s not really very good as his henchmen keep finding out he’s a talking ape so the gang falls out as one of the crooks declares “I ain’t taken orders from no monkey!”
Like most strips with a villain as the main protagonist The Gorilla didn’t last long. One of the reasons has to be that in almost every story he appears in Castle at some point gets shot.
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