Could algae and light treat heart disease?
Heart attacks occur when oxygen is blocked from getting to crucial heart muscles — but that might be something that can be helped with bacteria. By using bacteria that 'eat' light to produce oxygen, researchers were able to provide extra oxygen to rats having heart attacks. The brand-new technique has the potential to one day help humans survive when blood flow to the heart is interrupted. The bacteria used in the study are powered by light; they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, just like plants do. They’re called Synechococcus elongatus. In today’s study, published inScience Advances, rats undergoing heart attacks