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USAF working on 'Wolverine' healing powers

By T.K. Randall
February 22, 2021 · Comment icon 9 comments

The technique could help to save lives on the battlefield. Image Credit: Richard Bumgardner
Cellular reprogramming could make it possible for soldiers to heal wounds five times faster than usual.
Keen to give the military every possible advantage, the US Air Force - along with scientists at the University of Michigan - are working on a futuristic way of expediting healing following an injury.

Known as cellular reprogramming, the technique works by modifying cells using proteins known as transcription factors which "regulate activities such as cell division and growth."

The treatment can be applied to a wound in the form of a spray-on bandage that could, for example, convert exposed muscle into surface skin cells, healing the wound much more quickly.

"There are amazing opportunities in the United States, that you don't see in the rest of the world, to humanize science and meet critical needs in medicine," said research leader Dr. Indika Rajapakse.
"We have the resources to do this, and it is our obligation to take full advantage of them. Thanks to the Air Force's help, I was able to acquire the tools I need to advance my research into cellular reprogramming and wound healing."

Some have likened the new technology to Wolverine's accelerated healing in the X-Men movies.

"The impact of this research effort can be far reaching," said 711th Human Performance Wing chief scientist Dr. Rajesh Naik. "The convergence of biosciences with mathematical models can truly provide an inflection point to advance the development of wound healing."

"Dr. Rajapakse's research can result in innovative solutions for addressing our needs in the aeromedical operations and in future space environments."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by CloudSix 3 years ago
Great, so not much longer until an experiment goes wrong, and the test subjects, who have already grown an extra limb or two, start hiding in the suburbs, waiting for a person honorable and powerful enough to unite them under a single cause
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
Wow. Amazing research!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
On the other hand it could go very much right and that has its own downside.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by CloudSix 3 years ago
Agreed, but the age we're living in now sure is amazing, if you just think about all the scientific advancements and milestones we passed. Some of them will have lesser consequences and some of them greater. Still very cool
Comment icon #5 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
Well being a wolverine effect we would probably get big claws. Cool. Justice league unite. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
Do people realize if this works as they're advertising, it would also cure cancer, and any number of physical disorders, such as cardiac disease.
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
And claws. Don't forget the claws.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
Pretty much anything, really.
Comment icon #9 Posted by CloudSix 3 years ago
Wouldn't mind the claws, as long as I would still have the urge and decency to trim them every once in a while! 

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