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Atmospheric Electricity Helps Create Artificial Blood Vessels

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Dec 26, 2009 • References: news.discovery and blogs.discovermagazine
Bert Hickman sells Lichtenberg figures in acrylic resin as art, but the branching, tree-like like patterns created by high voltage discharges aren’t just pretty, they may be just the lightning bolt that medicine needs to make growing artificial organs possible. 

According to Arul Jayaraman, a Texas A&M professor, “One of the biggest problems in tissue engineering is how to create a vascular network to feed the growing tissue. The structure of these networks closely resembles the human vasculature.”

Using the lightning tunnels as templates, artificial organ-feeding blood vessels might be grown.