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Do Your Organs Glow in the Dark?

When an organ in the body isn’t working properly, we usually take certain drugs to make up for the imbalance.

For instance, a person with diabetes will take insulin because his pancreas doesn’t produce enough of the hormone, or doesn’t use it effectively.

Well, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have designed a way to make the body perform a desired function without drugs.

Essentially, they implant a transparent hydrogel material that illuminates in your body. And this new “organ” uses light to talk to cells – much like how a fiber optic cable uses light to transmit data across long distances.

Early tests show that the technology works, too. After implanting a diabetic mouse with the hydrogel, its glucose levels normalized in two days.

Click the video below to see how it works.

Ahead of the tape,

Louis Basenese

Glowing Organs