Silk - the best and most universal medical material of the future
Do you think that will help mankind in the future to win many diseases? Antibiotics? Editing the genome? Medical microbots? Researchers from Purdue University believe that such material is silk, special modification which they are now just developing. According to statements of scientists to use their silk will be to disinfect wounds, prosthetics and even to replace the tendon.
to create a "medical" silk scientists have introduced into the DNA of the silkworm special protein that can produce light when exposed to specific substances that kill bacteria. Sami silk threads are red and have luminescence properties. As one of the studies showed, after placing the silk bacteria E. Coli and conventional LED lighting lamps, the number of bacteria per hour was reduced by 45%, which is comparable in terms of productivity disinfection with hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, silk also has a cooling effect that can be used to reduce inflammation. In addition, due to the bactericidal effect of silk can be used not only for creating threads and dressing, but also to air and water filters. But this range of silk application does not end as reported edition of Advanced Science, silk can be used to strengthen bones at fractures. Plus silk to traditional plates and pins that they do not need to be removed, since the silk is completely disintegrates within 1 year. And when you add to silk nanotsellyulozy it can be used to create artificial tendons. Hybrid silk material has strength and elasticity required due to cellulose in order to perform the function of the tendon in the human body.