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Researchers use nanoparticles to detect wound scars

June 6, 2018

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Northwestern University in the US have devised a new approach to predict the formation of heavy wound scars after a surgery or burn.

The non-invasive method uses a large number of nanoparticles called NanoFlares, which have DNA strands on their surfaces and are formulated into a cream that penetrates the skin for 24 hours.

Subsequently, a handheld fluorescence microscope is used to trace signals emitted as a result of interaction between the nanoparticles and target biomarkers within the skin cells.