Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

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Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Winter Man » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:09 pm UTC

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/09/14/brain-injury-gel.html
It does bones, too.

Gel Heals Injured Brain and Bone


Sept. 14, 2009 -- Scrambled brains and broken bones can both be healed with a new nanoparticle-infused hydrogel.
Developed by scientists from Clemson University, the gel creates new blood vessels and later encourages the body's own stem cells to replace dead bone or brain cells.
Twelve weeks after a devastating brain injury some test rats had recovered almost all of their original muscle and sensory functions.
"The goal of this project is to encourage the neurological regeneration of damaged tissue," said Ning Zhang, a Clemson University scientist developing the hydrogel. "The functions controlled by the damaged regions will be lost permanently if not restored."
Zhang used a controlled cortical impactor, basically a small, pneumatic spear with a conch-shaped tip, to strike the rat's forehead, destroying most of the brain's cortex and some of the striatum. These are areas responsible for memory, learning, sensory information and muscle movements, among other functions.
For a human, that amount of brain damage would be roughly equivalent to being in a bad car crash.
Fluid quickly filled area around the head wound. The Clemson scientists drained the fluid and replaced it with a liquid cocktail of three different neural growth factors, each one encased in a different biodegradable nanoparticle.
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Princess Marzipan » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:14 pm UTC

Hm.

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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Darkscull » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

finally, it won't take so long to recover when I break something playing quidditch!
Physicists do it in an excited state.
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby SummerGlauFan » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

I wonder if I can use it to heal Dixon's eye.

(free kudos to the person who first gets that reference...)
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Arete » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:04 am UTC

SummerGlauFan wrote:I wonder if I can use it to heal Dixon's eye.

(free kudos to the person who first gets that reference...)


http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Dixon%27s_Eye



This seems to fall under "ho-hum, can we trust the data from dodgy scientists" btw. We've seen claims about medical science before, only to have the data not support it.

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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Ishindri » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:51 am UTC

I know I've seen something similar about a year ago - a nanogel that forms a scaffold for nerve regeneration. However, back then it was being used to heal spinal cord injuries.
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby Internetmeme » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:53 am UTC

So is this "I can't believe it's not stem cells"?

Or is it "I can't believe it's not steriods"?


I'm confused as to how this works.
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby mochafairy » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:21 am UTC

Princess Marzipan wrote:Hm.

Spoiler:
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That was exactly what I was thinking! :shock:
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby SummerGlauFan » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:09 am UTC

Arete wrote:
SummerGlauFan wrote:I wonder if I can use it to heal Dixon's eye.

(free kudos to the person who first gets that reference...)


http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Dixon%27s_Eye





You win kudos!

Anywho, though this is undoubtedly still experimental, it's still awesome.
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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby BlackSails » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:21 am UTC

We should take almost all science journalists and shoot them into the sun.

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Re: Scrambled Brain + Gel = Regular Brain

Postby folkhero » Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:04 am UTC

BlackSails wrote:We should take almost all science journalists and shoot them into the sun.

As long as we give them some of that magic health gel they should be OK.

I hope this means I'll get the chance to be immersed in a bacta tank at some point in my life.
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