Picture this – you suffer a car accident and your leg is broken. Within moments a small chip-like silicone device is placed on the broken leg – it reprograms the skin cells beneath and treats the injury – in a matter of seconds.
Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, right? Nope. This is real-life, folks!
A new non-invasive technology – Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) – has been developed by researchers at Ohio State University to reprogram and grow skin cells directly on the body. The device delivers genes to skin cells by passing a strong electrical current through the chip and transforming the cells.
In lab studies on mice, the tiny device has successfully reprogrammed and grown cells – healing injured parts of the body – from broken bones to brain damage.