Editorial Volume 11, Issue 3 pp 843—844

Photosynthetic symbiotic therapy

Figure 1. Schematic example of photosynthetic symbiotic therapy, derived from a false-color scanning electron micrograph showing multiple cyanobacteria (S. elongatus, green) in co-culture with a single rat cardiomyocyte (red). In the presence of light (image left), the photosynthetic cyanobacteria recycle CO2 produced by cardiomyocytes, generating O2 for continued aerobic respiration.