a decellularized “ghost” heart
aaaaaaaay extracellular matrix
How cool is it that when you take all the cells out of an organ it still looks like an organ?
I remember when I was in high school and still very confused about how tissues worked, because all anyone taught me was that we’re made up of piles of cells hung on bones. But that’s not how it is! Cells build themselves little hammocks of polymer and densely branched glycoproteins; we’re like onions, layers of membrane over tough rubbery collagen, huge protein scaffolds cradling slippery organs.
Bodies are not made of cells — bodies are made by cells.
Shit, major kudos to OP for making me aware of this, and isozyme for explaining — I had no idea the extracellular matrix was so substantial.
This is doubly cool because a heart that has been “washed” of cells like this is an incredible leap forward for donor organs. It’s much harder to reject something that doesn’t have non-host cells. As I understand it, they would use something like this with stem cells from the recipient to basically custom-make a new heart for themselves.
This is why I love Starfire.
No. Like. This scene was really important. This douche hated her entire race and took that hatred out on Starfire. He called her slurs throughout the entire episode. And Starfire just endured it, because she knew her friends loved this guy. And when he is in trouble, about to die; she has every right to let him. But what does she do? She starts trying to help him. And even as she’s trying to save his life, he pushes her away, throwing slurs at her face. But she presses on, and ends up saving him. Do you know how important it was to see this as a kid? That no matter how much someone treats you with hatefulness and cruelty, the right thing to do when they’re in danger is to help them? That’s some powerful shit for a ‘kids show’, and don’t you dare look me in the eye and tell me that all of this is just superhero bullshit.
The fuck? I fucked up. I fucked up. I fucked up. I fucked up. I fucked up. I fucked up. I fucked up. I’m so sorry. I’m trash.
This freaked me the fuck out since her name and mine are exactly the same and I never see my name spelled that way ever.
My son wanted to know what would happen if an Ent got the One Ring. Something violent, probably.
Stones will break, and roots will squeeze, vines will grow and bend all knees; mushrooms hunt and thorns yolk; weeds strangle and flowers choke. The age of skin is done. The hour of bark is come. Baruuum.
holy shit wes dat poem
Anna Kendrick live tweeting The Sound of Music Live!
this may be my favorite gif set of all time
I want a regular family sitcom with cheap jokes and laughing tracks, which gradually get more and more disturbing until it turns to a psychological horror film with the laughing tracks still going
Fun Fact: Aragorn would’ve been 9 or 10 years old during the events of The Hobbit.
That’s 900-2300kg (rounded up) for all you metric people.
Stay safe in the air!