“Cell Gels” — The Discovery Files

University of Delaware scientists have developed a novel biomaterial that offers great promise for helping to repair and regenerate human tissue. Their hydrogel invention — which has surprising antibacterial properties — could be injected into a wound, where it rigidifies nearly on contact. This opens the door to possibly delivering a targeted payload of cells and antibiotics to repair damaged tissue — offering a myriad of uses including regenerating healthy tissue in a cancer-ridden liver or healing a biopsy site.