New nano chip technology heals organs with a single touch

Researchers say that the device, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), can start healing organs in a “fraction of a second.”

Chandan Sen, PhD, holds a chip that could revolutionize medical care. © The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The new device, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), developed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering might be able to save the lives of car crash victims and even deployed soldiers injured on the field.

The dime-sized silicone chip “injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions”, the researchers said in a press statement, reported USA Today.

The device can be used to repair injured tissue including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

“By using our novel nano chip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining,” said Dr Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State’s Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies who co-led the study.

The researchers used mice and pigs in these experiments but they aim to start testing on humans next year.

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