Air Force Creating New Technology to Heal Wounds

Air Force Creating New Technology to Heal Wounds

( – American military victories have come and gone over the last 200+ years. Most Americans are well-versed in history’s great military victories, like the D-Day invasion in Normandy, which marked the beginning of the end of World War II. However, peacetime endeavors don’t have the same sort of permanence in the memories of most citizens.

Donald Trump’s massive rebuilding of the nation’s military and the creation of a sixth branch, the United States Space Force, are colossal accomplishments that will remain cemented in Americans’ hearts and minds for decades, if not centuries.

Likewise, the United States Air Force recently announced the development of emerging technology that can heal wounds.

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Matthew Peters of the Virginia Tech Research Corporation announced ground-breaking scientific research in the field of cellular reprogramming on the Air Force website on January 28, 2021. The process will lead to the development of human cells capable of healing wounds more than five times faster than the human body can do independently. Once considered science fiction, this research will vastly improve the long-term healthcare outcome of active duty personnel and veterans.

Dr. Indika Rajapakse of the University of Michigan is spearheading the program with the help of funds provided by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. A professor of medicine and bioinformatics, Dr. Rajapakse’s research involved reprogramming human cells to heal wounds swiftly.

The availability of resources available in the United States is “amazing,” according to Dr. Rajapakse. Continuing, he said scientists have an “obligation” to “take full advantage” of the opportunity to study the body’s capacity to heal itself with the help of cellular-level reprogramming.

The process involves taking one type of skin cell, such as a blood cell, and redesigning its genomes (a set of chromosomes) to take on different cells’ characteristics, like a skin cell.

The Air Force hasn’t released any information regarding a timetable for completing the research, which is not atypical for this kind of emerging science. We will keep you informed of any developments.

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