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Johns Hopkins researchers develop injectable gel to rebuild damaged human tissue


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 8th, 2019

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine have created an injectable gel that can rebuild injured muscle and tissue.

The nanofiber-reinforced technology serves as a scaffold to rebuild missing muscle and connective tissues, while recruiting the body’s wound-healing cells for support.

“Soft tissue losses are a ubiquitous problems in clinical medicine,” says Sashank Reddy, a reconstructive surgeon at JHU School of Medicine and co-developer of the gel.

Damage from events such as car crashes, gunshot wounds and surgeries can leave people with gaping holes in soft tissue that are often too large for their bodies to repair on their own. While surgeons are able to transplant tissue from other body regions, such operations involve trauma for patients and tissue loss from the other parts of the body.

The JHU technology has been successfully tested in rabbits, and if it performs as well in humans, it could give reconstructive surgeons a fast and easy method to help patients recover lost tissues without scarring or deformity.

Reddy and his colleagues have formed the start-up LifeSprout to commercialize the gel once it has been approved by the FDA and is market-ready.

Source: Science

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