University of Ottawa biophysicist Andrew Pelling and his team have developed a low-cost method to grow human ears without the need for animal or human components. Utilizing apples and biohacking their cell structure, the team has been able to grow the ears and even implant them onto a mouse.
The grown human ears come as a revolutionary new approach to implants and could be a stepping stone towards more biomaterial being crafted from readily available sources such as food. Regarding the implant itself, Pelling said that, "There was no immune response or rejection and you even get new blood vessels growing inside of the scaffolds." This comes as an important milestone for the research team as well as others within the healthcare field.