UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new device is being hailed as a medical breakthrough.
Developed at the Ohio State University, the dime-sized silicone chip can reportedly start healing damaged organs with a single touch.
It uses technology called tissue nanotransfection (or TNT). The researchers explained this process “injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions.”
In lab tests, scientists found mice with injured legs only needed one touch of TNT to turn skin cells into vascular cells that then healed their legs within three weeks.
The device also converted skin cells into nerve cells which were then injected into the brains of mice who had suffered strokes and brain function was reportedly restored.
A study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology suggests this is the first time cells have been reprogrammed in a living body.
TNT may start being tested on humans within the year.