A new device developed at The Ohio State University can start healing organs in a “fraction of a second,” researchers say.
The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection, has the potential to save the lives of car crash victims and even deployed soldiers injured on site. It’s a dime-sized silicone chip that “injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions,” according to a release.
In lab tests, one touch of Tissue Nanotransfection completely repaired injured legs of mice over three weeks by turning skin cells into vascular cells.And, it not only works on skin cells, it can restore any type of tissue, Chandan Sen, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, said. For example, the technology restored brain function in a mouse who suffered a stroke by growing brain cells on its skin.
This is a breakthrough technology, because it’s the first time cells have been reprogrammed in a live body.