Gel Engineered to Stop Bleeding Instantly

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 09:51 AM

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A New York University student has engineered a new all-purpose healing gel that can instantly halt bleeding in even the most serious of wounds.
 
Veti-Gel, developed by NYU student Joe Landolina, uses plant polymers to quickly solidify when applied to open wounds — not unlike the futuristic medical treatments in video games and science fiction novels.
 
“In all of our tests we found we were able to immediately stop bleeding,” Landolina told the media outlet Humans Invent. “Your skin has this thing called the extracellular matrix. It’s kind of a mesh of molecules and sugars and protein that holds your cells in place.”
 
Landolina has created his own synthetic version of the extracellular matrix (ECM) using plant polymers, which forms a kind of artificial skin that stops bleeding.

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