What it won’t do is grow back a severed limb. But when it comes to gashes and lashes, the hydrogel developed by an inventive team over at Johns Hopkins University does more than just patch up skin. When applied, it heals tissue and restores damaged blood vessels. Holy cow, Batman!
Seen above is a sample of the near-magical hydrogel. In its current state, hydrogel had succesfully undergone testing on mice, where its effect on healing burns was noted. To date, no tests have been conducted on humans.
The tandem workings on the hydrogel are Sharon Gerecht and Guoming Sun from Johns Hopkins University. Since it will take quite a while before this experimental hydrogel becomes a commercial product, its creators are bent on tweaking it to a point where it results in an inexpensive solution for burns. The hydrogel is made of a liquid based polymer and the Gerecht-Sun team have surprisingly little insight on how it works so well at restoring tissue. They do know it works though.
Source Popular Science
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