Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University researchers are currently developing and testing a nanochip technology which will reportedly be capable of healing all kinds of wounds at a single touch.
The scientists named their device the Tissue Nanotransfection or TNT. It has already been tested on both mice and pigs, but according to reports, the first signs are very encouraging.
TNT Nanochip Technology to Help the Body Heal Itself
The technology’s short description makes it sound almost impossible as the TNT nanochip could be said to work by simply buzzing it over the skin. In turn, this electrical device should make the internal wound go away in just a few details.
The prototype device is more complex than that, though. It is developed to sit on the skin and release an intense electric field. This should help deliver a particular set of genes to the tissues underneath it. Thanks to its alleged ability to create new types of cells, the TNT nanochip prototype could be supposedly used nearly everywhere on the body.
“By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining,” states Chandan Sen, one of the study leads.
During the animal tests, the team used the prototype to reprogram skin cells. Situated on the outside of injured legs, these were transformed into vascular cells, which helped regulate a healthy blood flood through the body.
Within a week of using it, the injured legs already presented new active blood vessels. A week later, the legs were deemed to have been saved by the TNT.
Another test saw the researchers use the nanochip technology to generate nerve cells. These were later used and successfully helped mice with stroke-related brain injuries.
Sen stated that although difficult, such results are nonetheless achievable. According to him, the technology worked successfully in around 98 percent of the time.
Study results are available in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
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