Using 'Nanoneedles' to get your body to REPAIR YOUR OWN ORGANS!
Did you ever even dream it was possible - using 'nanoneedles' to get your body to repair your own organs? Well, science is growing in leaps and bounds these days, and with scientists having a lot of success in recent experiments, we could actually be getting very close! We’ve all heard of nanotechnology, right? Nope, this isn’t science fiction, it’s bona fide truth and it’s fast-becoming our reality. Research pioneers from the Imperial College London and the Houston Methodist Research Institute have been conducting recent trials with mice that have been showing some promising results. How exactly are the nanoneedles used? Well, they are injected into a particular area of the body where there has been cell damage. In the case of the mice, it was their back muscles. As implied by their name, the nanoneedles are very, very small – a thousand times tinier than a single hair on our head -and therefore very sharp. In addition, they are also very “spongy” and porous and can soak up a lot of good medicine in order to deliver it directly to the cells’ cytoplasm. In other words, they are able to gently “inject” damaged cells with a high dose of nucleic acids, which are the not only the key components of all life, but also messengers of essential genetic information.
In a nutshell, these nucleic acids flood the cells with the nourishing “food” and “information” they’ve been lacking, power them up, and get them running. Essentially, they “reprogram” the dying cells to start flourishing. And, once these cells are fully regenerated, they are able to start reproducing fresh new cells once again. According to this article over at the “io9” website, no side effects were discovered in these experiments, which is really good news – not only for us humans, but for the mice too. The nanoneedles are able to penetrate the cell’s outer membrane without damaging it in any way whatsoever. What’s more, the nanoneedles consist of a biodegradable form of silicon which efficiently breaks down in approximately forty-eight hours. For this reason, they don’t have to be removed from the body but will simply dissolve away, leaving a non-toxic residue of orthosilicic acid.
This, of course, is just the first step. The goal is to eventually use this new nano-science on humans! Using nanoneedles in this way could potentially “persuade” cells to regenerate damaged nerve systems and organs. Just think of the possibilities! With this new medical nanotechnology, we could reverse degenerative diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis, repair damaged cells, nerves, and entire organs, and even assist bodies in accepting new organs after transplants. And these are just to name a few. Truly, the sky will be the limit once we get going.
But, as with any new science, nanotechnology using nanoneedles still has a number of kinks to work out – especially before we can start using it on humans! Although these experiments have been revealing very high efficiency and low toxicity rates for intracellular delivery of nucleic acids in test tube applications, it’s still proving a bit challenging for delivery within living organism due to a number of factors – including the type of cells involved and the area of the body in which they are located. Mice are one thing, but humans are quite another. However, we trust that with all of these gifted scientists and researchers on board, it will only be a matter of time before nanotechnology becomes an every day reality, with a very positive impact on our aging population – not only prolonging life but raising the quality of it as well.
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