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NASA Develops Star Trek-Inspired Gadgets That Can Heal Injured Astronauts and Eliminate Animal Testing

by , 02/11/14
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Trekkies may remember the dermal regenerator that Dr Beverley Crusher used to heal a wound on Commander Riker’s face in Star Trek: The Next Generation. In collaboration with Houston-based GRoK Technologies, NASA is now developing two similar handheld gadgets – BioReplicates and Scionic – that could soon be used by astronauts on the International Space Station.



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BioReplicates regenerates human tissue and builds 3D human cells and will, together with another patent-pending device that treats pain externally, heal minor injuries almost instantly. It will also allow the creation of 3D human tissue models that could be used for drug and cosmetic testing, a scientific breakthrough that could completely eliminate animal testing.

The second device, Scionic, will treat musculoskeletal pain and inflammation externally. It could potentially eliminate pain through skin applications without the use of drugs. A similar device is already in use at the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA). The Russian version, called Scenar, sends mild electrical signal through the person’s skin to affect the central nervous system and brain. The brain reacts to it similarly as with painkillers.

A common occurrence in space is a condition called osteopenia which, due to weak or non-existent gravity, affects astronauts’ bone and accelerates muscle loss. The new patents could be used to regenerate the tissue. If these gadgets successfully pass all the testing phases, they will join numerous other designs pioneered by sci-fi films which have been actually developed in recent years.

+ NASA

+ GRoK Technologies LLC

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  1. Ulises February 12, 2014 at 4:38 am

    So, as well as food is printed from its ingredients or organs-tissue is printed from already living parts, will it be possible to print living cells directly? Perhaps, a tiny virus or a basic cell from simple molecules or atoms? Therefore, step by step, print the whole human being, printing a dream too? Or at least, to print those interrelated genes that by their instructive nature develop complex-working living beings spontaneously? In any case, anything other than a 4D-prosthesis, a tool, an organic robot, a human-like biobot? Or rather, a pampered child of technology? The first child emerging from inert stuff entirely? Something like a modern Frankenstein? Along these lines, there is a peculiar book, a public preview in http://goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another suggestion for leisure, far away from dogmas or axioms

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