Scientists are exploring the transformation of stem cells in bone cells using wave oscillations. They have developed a technology of growing bone in a laboratory without the use of chemicals or drugs, but only with the help of wave oscillations.
They call this process “nanoshocks” and it looks like this: they extract stem cells from bone marrow stem cells and “push” them using high frequency for them to turn into bone cells.
The new bone tissue is grown from the patient’s own cells, “nanoshocks” are generated at a rate of 1000 per second, pushing the cell to a distance of 20 nanometers. “We biomimic under the same bone that vibrates naturally a 1000 times a second,” – says Professor Matthew Dalby, who is engaged in these studies at the University of Glasgow.
With this technology injured bones can be treated or existing bone tissue be increased. In the future this may lead to the fact of fractures being treated without surgery, but simply by “nanoshocks” and might slow the growth of certain cancers. Bone tissue is one of the most widest used tissues after blood, and in view of the aging population suffering from osteoporosis and hip fractures, the technology could be in extremely high demand.
Scientists are planning in the next three years to start transplanting bone grown in patients in the laboratory using “nanoshocks” and the widespread use of this type of therapy can be a reality in the next 10 years.
Ukraine also has made achievements in the development and application of this advanced technology. With its help Ukrainian biotechnology has grown bone and nerve cells. This technology is used to restore damaged joints and limbs of wounded ATO soldiers, returning them to full function and mobility. This technology exist in only a few clinics throughout the world, including in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ilaya Medical Company and The People’s Project, under the joint initiative Bioengineering Rehabilitation for Wounded to restore seriously wounded soldiers to a normal and healthy life.