biophilia - Organ Crafting
Silk scaffolding for a new heart
As the world’s population ages and lifestyle diseases increase, we face a growing shortage of donor hearts. With Organ Crafting, silkworms are genetically re-programmed to weave heart-shaped silk scaffolds instead of cocoons. Seeded with cells from the patient’s own heart, these scaffolds grow into a replacement organ with no risk of rejection. Once the biodegradable silk dissolves, the new heart is ready to save a life.
Designer: Veronica Ranner