NEW YORK, BRONX (ORDO News) — Researchers from Northwestern University in the US have unveiled a new device that can produce oxygen by breaking down water molecules inside the body.
Dubbed the “electrocatalytic oxygenator,” this technological marvel could help combat chronic diseases. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Communications.
According to Science Daily, the device is designed to preserve living cells even in low oxygen conditions.
In experiments conducted by a research team led by Jonathan Rivney, the device demonstrated the ability to keep cells alive in the laboratory for a month and even inside the body for several weeks.
The iridium oxide electrocatalyst used in the device allows water molecules to be broken down by electricity without producing harmful byproducts.
This method, according to the researchers, is simple and effective, reminiscent of experiments carried out in school laboratories.
One potential application for the device is in cell therapy. By implanting a “living pharmacy” inside the body, researchers plan to use living cells to produce therapeutic drugs, eliminating the need for people to take drugs.
This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
The next step for researchers will be to work on long-term use of the device using materials that can operate inside the body for several months. This will help in the fight against chronic diseases and improve people’s quality of life.
News agencies contributed to this report, edited and published by ORDO News editors.
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