Friday, April 08, 2005

Instant blood vessels: Just add gel

Research team develops gel to grow blood vessels (By Elizabeth Sabrio, The Daily Northwestern)

    With new nanotechnology developed by a Northwestern research team, blood vessels could be created to heal tears or blockage with a simple injection.

    The team of doctors and students have discovered a way to grow blood vessels through the injection of nanofibers and proteins. The nanotechnology works by "self-assembly," meaning the liquid becomes a gel-like solid on its own.

    "This gel would jumpstart recovery," said Samuel Stupp, Board of Trustees professor of material science, chemistry and medicine. More here

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