A new hydrogel can be directly injected into muscle to help it regenerate
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00:46 An injectable gel for healing muscles
Severe muscle injury can be debilitating, with long recuperation periods. Now, researchers have developed a material that can be directly injected into injured muscle, helping to stimulate and heal damaged tissue. The team showed this approach could rapidly restore walking ability in severely injured rats and regenerate muscles within four weeks. They hope that this solution could one day help humans with similar injuries, and overcome some of the limitations of current recuperation strategies.
Research article: Jin et al.
10:02 Research Highlights
Ancient human genomes fill in a missing link between Europe’s first humans and later arrivals, and how ferns are inspiring pest-resistant crops.
Research Highlight: Ancient DNA reveals traces of elusive first humans in Europe
Research Highlight: Fierce ferns make insect-fighting proteins
12:43 Briefing Chat
Largest release of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes shows promise at controlling dengue, and the genes that explain why starfish aren’t so symmetrical.
Research Article: Formery et al.
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