A new gel helps wounds heal

Researchers from UCLA have developed an injectable hydrogel that helps skin wounds heal faster. 

The new synthetic polymer material creates an instant scaffold, sort of like stacked gumballs, that allows new tissue to latch on and grow within the cavities formed between linked spheres of gel.

Conventionally, ointments and other hydrogel dressings have been used to fill in wounds to keep the areas moist and accelerate healing. But none of the materials used now provide a scaffold to allow new tissue to grow while the dressing itself degrades. As a result, the new tissue growth is relatively slow and fragile.

So bringing about an injectable biomaterial that promotes rapid regeneration of tissue has been a “holy grail” in the field of tissue engineering, said co-principal investigator Dino Di Carlo.

They envision the material being useful for a wide variety of wound application, including lacerations to large-area burns.

UC Berkeley researchers have also been developing new approaches to tissue engineering. Last March, their advancement in “herding cells” marked a new direction for smart bandages.

Learn more about how this new gel works

Another shot of @brendonurie of @panicatthedisco in this weeks @kerrangmagazine_

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Know your designers: Ken Billington

  • He began his theatre career in NYC assisting Tharon Musser.
  • Has won a Tony and Drama Desk Award for his lighting for Chicago.

“I always wanted to be an artist,” the lighting designer Ken Billington says. “But I couldn’t paint. So I paint with light. I don’t use brushes. I use electricity.”


I do love me a bit of occasional kawaii pastel fun. Here is Sanrio’s popular character, My Melody-chan, immortilised as nail art. With macaron/cake feature nails to boot.

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