Researchers use nanochip technology in regenerative medicine breakthrough

Story excerpt provided by The Lantern.

Written by Michael Lee.

Researchers from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and College of Engineering have developed a way to use nanochip technology to create cells inside a body to repair injuries and damaged organs, according to a study released this summer.

L. James Lee, co-author of the study, said the nanochip technology creates tiny holes on the surface of the target cells. The nanochip then injects a genetic code inside the cell, reprogramming the function of the tissue.

It could allow skin cells to be extracted and transform into the exact cell type needed to heal injury or disease, said Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State’s Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies and the co-author of the study.

The nanochip, Sen said, is not what actually regenerates the cells. Rather, it acts as a vessel for the genetic material to get inside the target cell.

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Originally published October 2, 2017.

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