Escherichia coli became the basis for a perfect healing product
The scientists of Harvard University have devised how to heal the damaged internal organs. The main problem is that it is difficult to attach healing materials and different versions of medical plasters to wet and slippery surfaces. According to Engadget the scientists have solved this problem by using a gel-like product obtained on the basis of E. coli.
The hydrogel consists of nanofibers that adhere to the intestinal walls easily. E. coli live in the gastrointestinal tract, so they are perfect candidates for the drug. The scientists reassure that non-pathogenic bacteria strains were used in the work. Such bacteria can be grown in the laboratory. On their basis a hydrogel can be made. Such gel can be directly applied on a damaged site in the gastrointestinal tract.
The gel layer has a thickness similar to mucus formed in the intestine. So such thickness and adhesiveness create perfect conditions for healing. The gel is not afraid of the harsh conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Such gel can stay active in the intestine for one to five days.