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Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The expression is used widely in a variety of contexts, one of which is as a warning to avoid being taken in by a scam or taken advantage of. Unfortunately, it applies to the stem cell field too.

I am tempted to state that a new nano device, the Tissue Nanotransfection, developed to heal organs and repair injured tissue, blood vessels and nerve cells with the touch of a chip sounds too good to be true. But the research has been published in Nature Nanotechnology and comes from a team of researchers at Ohio State’s Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Based Therapies and Ohio State’s College of Engineering. While it sounds quite miraculous – “It takes just a fraction of a second. You simply touch the chip to the wounded area, then remove it. At that point, the cell reprogramming begins” (says lead researcher Dr. Chandan Sen, in Medical News Today) – it looks promising. Within one year, the scientists hope to move the device into human clinical trials.

Watch the video below to see the device in action and hear how it works.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.