A university announced a breakthrough development that allows damaged tissue to be healed in as little as a “fraction of a second,” based on the researchers’ testing and analysis. The technology, called tissue nanotransfection, or TNT for short, uses an electric field to deliver gene information to cells, allowing them to change in other kinds of cells.
As reported by The Blaze, the technology, developed at Ohio State University, is based on a silicon chip which is placed directly on the skin of a person, and the electric current triggers the device.
The chip is highly portable, measuring no larger than a dime and weighing less than 100 grams, and can be used nearly anywhere.
Chandan Sen, the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, said, “This technology does not require a laboratory or hospital and can actually be executed in the field.
The process allows the patient’s skin to become a “bioreactor,” providing a mechanism for the damaged tissue to be repaired. To be effective, the chip can either be placed on the damaged tissue directly or on another location on the body.
According to Sen, “By using our novel nano chip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced,” continuing, “We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow elements of any organ that is declining.”
Based on these capabilities, the chip has significant potential, especially for emergency medical personnel and soldiers in the field.
Currently, the researchers are awaiting FDA approval before human testing can begin. However, they believe the request will be approved within a year.
Based on a report from USA Today, Sen is already discussing potential trials with administrators at Walter Reed National Medical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland.
In lab tests using mice, TNT was able to restore blood flow to an injured leg as well as restore brain function after a stroke. The device is able to reprogram skin cells, allowing them to be whatever the body needs to repair the injury.
At this time, there are no known side effects of the treatment, and the process can be completed in less than a second.
Sen stated, “We are proposing the use of skin as an agricultural land where you can essentially grow any cell of interest.”