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Engineering Minute – Nanofiber bandages heal burn victims

Veteran develops nanofiber bandages for burn victims

Inspired by his experience at a military hospital in Afghanistan, a researcher at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a nanofiber bandage that dramatically accelerates healing and tissue regeneration in burn victims. The bandages are made of fibronectin which is spun into thin strands called nanofibers. When the bandages were applied to wounds in mice, they showed 84 percent tissue regeneration compared to the standard dressing which only showed 55.6 percent regeneration. Read more about these bandages at SEAS.

close up of nanofiber bandages detailing fibers

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