Today, engineers who understand chemistry and biology are using cotton candy to actually improve human health. New research explores the use of small cotton candy threads to create a network of pathways. These pathways would become part of new and complex transplants as a way to imitate vascular networks (i.e. to transport blood).
The History of Spun Sugar
• Use a clean knife to scoop up the syrup (melted sugar) and be sure not to let it cool
• Move the knife backwards, forwards and in all directions; a thread of syrup will follow
The Cotton Candy Machine at the World’s Fairs
Morrison and Wharton noted that centrifugal force was pushing the melted sugar away from the center . A Canadian inventor, Herbert Hurd, even called his own cotton candy machine the “centrifugal machine” . This force manifests itself according to Newton’s Second Law (a force causes an acceleration) and Third Law (every action has an opposite reaction).
The personalized molds could then be inserted into tissues that are to be used in surgeries on knees, windpipes, and more . These new transplants generally lack functional vascular networks, so blood cannot travel to or throughout them. However, since these transplants are live tissues, they will die after the transplant without an adequate blood supply . The research based on cotton candy is still in the very early stages of development, but in the future it could have a huge impact in the world of transplants.
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