Brain Injuries Can Be Treated With Just One, New Device

Nano-chip promises to heal organs at a touch

Nano-chip promises to heal organs at a touch

It takes just a fraction of a second.

The team were also able to use the device to convert skin cells on mice, into nerve cells which were then injected into the brains of mice who had experienced a stroke, helping them to recover.

Chandan Sen, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, said that now, the technology not only works on skin cells, but can also fix other types of tissue.

Chandan Sen, the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies and co-leader of the study, said he expects the technology will be tested on humans within the next year and that he's now in talks with Walter Reed National Medical Center about human trials, USA Today reported.

In what is seen as a breakthrough in the field of regenerative medicine, Indian-origin researcher in the USA developed a technology that can fix organs, blood vessels and nerves by a single touch. "Our technology keeps the cells in the body under immune surveillance, so immune suppression is not necessary", says Sen.

It is the first time scientists have reprogrammed cells within a live body.

The researchers successfully completed lab tests wherein one touch of TNT repaired the injured legs of mice over the course of three weeks, by changing skin cells into vascular cells.

The process, called Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), uses a chip loaded with specific genetic code or certain proteins; a cargo that's been designed for cell conversion.

Researchers demonstrate a process known as tissue nanotransfection at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The process works simply by touching the skin near the injury with a nanochip to introduce the desired DNA. The cargo is delivered by zapping the device with a small electrical charge that is barely felt by the patient.

The concept is very simple, adds co-author James Lee: "As a matter of fact, we were even surprised how it worked so well". It could also grow brain cells on human skin under the guidance of a person's immune system, and these cells could then be injected into a person's brain to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. "So this is the beginning, more to come".

The researchers still wait for FDA approval and for the first time in four years since they started the project, the researchers will be able to test TNT on humans. Let us know in the comment section below!

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