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New discoveries from OSU could help humans regenerate lost limbs

A team of researchers at Ohio State University recently had a major Eureka moment in the lab. They discovered a new way of manipulating cells so that regular skin cells could be used to regrow missing limbs and even repair a damaged heart or brain, reports The Dispatch.

With a small, locally manufactured chip, a droplet of genetic code, and a zap from an energy source, animals have been healed during scientific experiments.

Scientists have been able to use the new technology to heal the legs of lab mice which otherwise would’ve needed amputated.

Though experiments have been successful on animals, approval from the FDA is needed before this new cell regeneration process could be used on humans. Chandan Sen, the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, told The Dispatch that he believes this could happen in as early as a year.

 

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