In a recent study conducted by scientists at the Ohio State University have innovated a novel device which when brought with skin can trigger cell functions to help heal damaged tissues and organs. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), uses nanochip to inject genetic codes—RNA or DNA—into living skin cells to alter their functions and generate cells of any types required for treating injured tissues and organs within the patient’s body. This, researchers believe, will facilitate the restoring functions of nerve cells and blood vessels.
The details of the research was published in the journal ‘Nature Nanotechnology.’
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The researchers in a series of experiments studied the effect of nanotechnology on mice and pigs and found them to respond positively. For instance, in one of the observations, they found that the nanochip when placed on the surface of the skin on the injured leg of a rodent, could help save the leg after required vascular cells could be generated.
One of the lead researchers revealed that for the first time a new technology was developed that could help generate cells of any organ in patient’s own body. The success of the process was noted in 98% of the cases, and since the process can be done outside a laboratory, using organisms own cells, this does away with the need for immune-suppressant drugs. As a result, in future the technology can prove promising for a variety of point-of-care settings.
The success of the technology hasn’t been validated in humans and trials will begin in sometime next year, revealed on the team of researchers.