The first electronic blood vessels, which are implanted in the body, made of a material (conductive metal-polymer membrane) flexible and bioforsed, mimicking the natural vessels where the blood circulates, were developed in the laboratory by researchers from China and Switzerland.
The scientists, led by Xingyu Jiang of the Southern University of Science and Technology and the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology of China, who published the paper in the materials science journal “Matter”, tested artificial vessels in experimental animals (rabbits), where they succeeded in replacing basic arteries (carotids).
The artificial arteries appeared to function as well as the natural ones, with no signs of narrowing or insufficient blood circulation. When the implanted artificial arteries were removed after three months, it was not found that they had caused an inflammatory reaction in the animals’ internal organs.
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Electronic vessels in the future, after further improvement, can be used in humans – in combination with other electronic devices – to transfer genetic material for genetic therapies, controlled administration of drugs, electrical stimulation of focused parts of the body, facilitation of the creation of new endotular tissue in blood vessels, etc. , in order to collect and store information about a person’s blood, blood pressure, sugar level, etc.