this dude’s seen some shit
Remember Pokemon Uzlauzl Pzegege that was my favorite game.
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.
Excuse me but we can’t just kill pigs to save human lives. That is wrong.
Found the vegan
This dog barks like a person screaming for his life. [via]
their neighbors must be terrified.
AHAAHHA HOLY SHIT
THIS IS TERRIFYING
Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa sp., Apidae)
These large and outwardly menacing bees earn their name from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers aided by their ample mandibles.
I have had them appear at the MV lamp at night on a few occasions, as was the case in this instance.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese Hymenopterans (wasps, hornets, bees, ants and sawflies) on my Flickr site HERE…..
Blogs, Etsys, stores, wherever that particular artist sells their prints, stickers, shirts, etc. I lived off freelance for years, now I have a stable job and Ive got money to spare for once. I’ve got my own house now and it could sure use some awesome art! Link me all of your favorite artists shops (and your friends, and your own!) so I can go on a shopping spree! :>
I’m especially looking for prints/posters, magnets, soaps and art books/zines!
Going to a con with your parents
live action doug movie confirmed
Before and After Pictures of Animals Growing Up [via]
Previously: Animals Using Other Animals as Pillows
i am so happpppyyyyyyyyyy
this post can cure any disease
IM SO HAPPY
I wanted this photoset to never ever end.