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Exploring the technique of decellularisation on plant tissue and its potential application to enhance the human body

ECTOSYMBIONT

HOW WILL WE EVOLVE OURSELF WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO AUGMENT OUR BODIES WITH ADDITIONAL TISSUE?

Every day around 22 people die because they did not receive a transplant organ on time in the US only. Because of the similarities between human and plant scaffold structures, this project explores the use of decellularization on plant tissue for human tissue engineering.

Decellularization literally washes out the plant cells, leaving a scaffold where human stem cells can grow. Using plants for tissue engineering is an inexpensive and always available alternative and eliminates the problem of transplant rejection.

The material exploration of plant tissue results in an archive of 100 different decellularized species and a collaboration with scientists to analyse the different structures for the different body parts. Vascular structures can be used for soft tissue, such as organs, while linear structures can be found in bone or muscle tissue.

The first human living with transplanted plant tissue will evolve the human species to the Homo Ectosymbiont.

DATE
12.2016 – 07.2017

CONTEXT
MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins, Universitiy of the Arts London

PRESS
CSM Degree Show 06.2017, London, UK
Interfilière Paris 07.2017, Paris, France
London Design Festival “The Future Of” 09.2017, London, UK
Dutch Design Week 10.2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

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