Scientists may have found a way to reprogram skin cells into any cell the body needs. Here's how it works.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

A team of researchers have developed an incredible new technology that allows them to reprogram skin cells into any cell an ailing body needs, with a single touch.

The technology is called Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT). It involves using nanochip technology that could generate any kind of cell within a patient's own body. The new cells could repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, organs, blood vessels and even nerve cells.

Here's how it works:  a nanotechnology-based chip about the size of a postage stamp is placed on the skin and stimulated by an electrical current. In less than a second the chip creates nanometer-scale entry pathways into tissue cells. Or, basically, provide a way to access skin cells -- like an opening.

These openings can be used to deliver a cocktail of reprogramming factors. This "cocktail" is a combination of genes that reprogram the cell's DNA. Reprogramming the cell basically turns a skin cell into an induced pluripotent stem cell. As you probably know stems cells can then be reprogrammed into any cell the body needs.

 

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