How Can Plants Help Rebuild The Human Body? : NPR


Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Revitalize

An ear produced from an apple, a spinal twine rebuilt utilizing asparagus … it appears like weird science fiction. But Andrew Pelling is engaged on a strategy to revive human tissue with a visit to the grocery store.

About Andrew Pelling

Andrew Pelling is a biophysicist and professor on the University of Ottawa’s Department of Physics. He is the co-founder of biomedical research on the Pelling Lab for Augmented Biology, recognized for its discovery that plant tissues could be harnessed to regenerate human cells.

He additionally serves as co-founder and chief scientific officer of Spiderwort, an organization that produces plant-based biomaterials.

Pelling acquired a B.S. in Biological Chemistry from University of Toronto, and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles.




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