Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Revitalize
An ear made from an apple, a spinal cord rebuilt using asparagus … it sounds like bizarre science fiction. But Andrew Pelling is working on a way to revive human tissue with a trip to the supermarket.
About Andrew Pelling
Andrew Pelling is a biophysicist and professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Physics. He is the co-founder of biomedical research at the Pelling Lab for Augmented Biology, known for its discovery that plant tissues can be harnessed to regenerate human cells.
He also serves as co-founder and chief scientific officer of Spiderwort, a company that produces plant-based biomaterials.
Pelling received a B.S. in Biological Chemistry from University of Toronto, and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles.