Girls are not the photons that hit the corneas of boys’ eyes!
Sometimes funny things happen but no one has a sense of humor and then I feel dumb.
When I put on makeup.
When I’m asked to clean something
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.
THIS IS AMAZING
A new video in which I share what I learned at a college fair and give some awful haikus I wrote on the spot. Enjoy and I hope you laugh :)
The main problem with creativity is myself! When I finally have a good, original idea, I think about how great it could potentially be. And then I begin to work. And then I get overwhelmed with how much work goes into a great finished project and have a mental meltdown and just stop.
IT’S THE WORST AND IT ALWAYS HAPPENS LATE AT NIGHT WHEN I CAN’T RUN MY IDEAS BY PEOPLE. GAHHH
I hate people with small feet because they’re always able to find shoes in their size. And their shoe size is always on sale.
The TCK Song! I hope you enjoy it, and the lyrics are in the YouTube description.
Gone With the Wind in 90 Seconds! Make sure to watch past the credits. Enjoy!
(And if you’re wondering, I have seen the movie, it just so happened it was 5 years ago!)
I asked my mom a bunch of questions about Pop Culture, and these were her answers!
Ode to Banana Bread!