BBC: Insect-eating Sundew Plant Heals Wounds
The BBC featured the research of the sun dew plant by Mingjun Zhang, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering. The sundew plant is covered in a sticky adhesive which Zhang’s research has shown may be suitable for a variety of cutting-edge medical procedures, including tissue engineering and chronic wound healing. The emerging field of tissue engineering represents a new approach for replacing or repairing damaged body parts. The idea is to deliver healthy cells to the site of injury using a so-called scaffold in which cells can adhere themselves to. The scaffold is where the sundew plant holds great promise.