Usatoday.com reported a new device developed at The Ohio State University, it can start healing organs in a “fraction of a second,” according to the researchers. The new development in technology is known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT). It shows enormous potential to save millions of lives of victims in a car crash or soldiers deployed injured on site. The device is a small dime sized silicone chip which injects genetic code into skin cells, transforming them into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions, the reports suggested.
Tests conducted in the labs confirmed that TNT completely repaired injured legs of mice over three weeks by turning the skin cells into vascular cells. The research proves that it not only works on skin cells but it can also restore any type of tissue.
Giving an example Chandan Sen, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, said – the technology restored brain function in a mouse who suffered a stroke by growing brain cells on its skin.
The present methods for cell therapy carry a high risk which involves introducing a virus, and multiple other steps suggest the new study published in Nature Nanotechnology. Whereas TNT is a breakthrough technology as it is for the first time cells have been reprogrammed in a live body. Mr. Sen also pointed out that TNT has no known side effects and the treatment can be given in less than a second.
Mr. Chandan Sen said – “This technology does not require a laboratory or hospital and can actually be executed in the field. It’s less than 100 grams to carry and will have a long shelf life.”
Mr. Sen who has been working on TNT for the past four years, further stated the technology is awaiting its FDA approval and expects it will be tested on humans by next year. He is also in talking with Walter Reed National Medical Center now.
He said – “We are proposing the use of skin as an agricultural land where you can essentially grow any cell of interest.”
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