College Student Unveils Working Mass Effect Medi-Gel

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College Student Unveils Working Mass Effect Medi-Gel

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Veti-Gel is a functioning prototype that can instantly seal any wound.

As most of us are aware, the lives of the characters in Mass Effect aren't generally that straightforward. One aspect of their collective existence that is simple, however, is emergency medical treatment. If they're wounded by gunfire, aliens, trips, falls, vehicle crashes, you name it, they press a button and their body armor applies something called Medi-Gel to the wound to keep them going. Medi-Gel neatly cauterizes whatever ails the character and kickstarts the healing process, tiding them over until they can get to a space-hospital or what have you. And now, somebody in the real world has made a version of it that works on real flesh.

Dubbed Veti-Gel, the substance is basically, well, Mass Effect Medi-Gel. It is a synthetic version of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that holds our cells together and tells them what to do in the event of a bleeding injury, instructing them to get clotting. It also binds together with the damaged ECM cells of the patient, working with them to form a seal over the area of the wound. You can see a nauseating, blood-filled clip of the gel binding to part of a pig's liver and stopping bleeding right here [warning: lots and lots of blood].

The minds behind Veti-Gel (which is, oddly, sometimes referred to as Medi-Gel by the people who made it) are led by one Joe Landolina, a third-year student at NYU. "I have seen [Veti-Gel] close any size of wound that it is applied to," he said. "As long as you can cover it, it can close it...it looks like, feels like, and acts like skin."

Landolina has spent the past year conducting preliminary tests of the substance on rats, and claims to have used it to heal wounds several of humanity's rodent friends. He will publish a full record of his results, and tests comparing Veti-Gel to other on-market coagulants, later this summer. In the meantime, he says he's keen to get to work testing his invention out in the field with veterinarians and their patients.

So, if the Medi-, sorry, Veti-Gel actually does work, what are we talking about here? Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested. But that aside, well, this could be a revolution for emergency medical treatment and a hundred other forms of treatment besides. We await your published report with keen interest, Joe Landolina. And if you could change Veti-Gel's brand-name to something like Solus if it makes it to market, well, that would be lovely too.

Source: Mother Nature Network

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Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested.

But isn't that precisely HOW one tests it?
Fnar.

I just read an article about a 3D scanner for a 3D printer that could also, basically, print itself. Not to mention the jazz about laser point defense turrets on jets a while back and the beginnings of an actual tractor beam before that.

Now this on top of all that. I swear to god, all this stuff...

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Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested.

But isn't that precisely HOW one tests it?
Fnar.

Yeah but you don't actually prove it by telling you did it. Nor do you do it once. Or usually on your lab partner.

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Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested.

But isn't that precisely HOW one tests it?
Fnar.

Yeah, if you're test something like this, you're gonna need test subjects. Maybe use, like in the above description, pigs or other animals maybe, but if you're gonna test it on humans, you're gonna need willing test subjects.

But in any case...I certainly hope that this stuff is successful.

Dat Solus video....daaaaamn.

Impluse_101:

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Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested.

But isn't that precisely HOW one tests it?
Fnar.

Yeah, if you're test something like this, you're gonna need test subjects. Maybe use, like in the above description, pigs or other animals maybe, but if you're gonna test it on humans, you're gonna need willing test subjects.

But in any case...I certainly hope that this stuff is successful.

Honestly? I'd volunteer to stick my arm under a flame if I got a tube of the stuff for free and if my testing will further the advancement of science.

How badass would it be to not only have the first samples, but also to be one of the first test subjects?

Burglar comes in and shoots me? No worries bro, I got this: Hold B to apply gel.

YES SCIENCE!
i mean...VIDEO GAME SCIENCE!

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Fnar.

where'd you get that avatar, it's cute.

Halo has something very similar to medi-gel as well, it's Bio-Foam, but works in a similar way.

To be honest a lot of sci-fi stuff is bound to be invented in some form or another eventually. A lot of it is the kind of thing that can advance our lives in a very practical sense.

Great! But where are we on that omni-gel?

What does it say about me after seeing the "gel" my immediate reaction was, "that looks like sperm!"

Also, why does it look like they just sprayed sperm into the would and it solidified quickly?

Where'd they get that much sperm to do that?!

lol, last two statements were in jest in order to make this a non short post. Although the second one was semi serious.

Now if it could fix the bullet holes inn my skull because I forgot to bring my helmet in a chest-high-wall shooting contest,so...yeah I hope it seals all those bullet holes through my skull just like Medi-gel.

Yes I'm a disturbed mind.Leave me alone!

Legion:
Halo has something very similar to medi-gel as well, it's Bio-Foam, but works in a similar way.

Yeah, but foam is lame. I mean, it can't even stop a flaming krogan!

Proving once again, that real world science advances much faster than science fiction writers give credit for.

Just make sure its not like one of Mordins concoctions or just before they try to release it they'll suddenly remember that humans only have the two lungs or that we don't all take kindly to massive amounts of gamma radiation.

its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

Devoneaux:
Proving once again, that real world science advances much faster than science fiction writers give credit for.

Except we need more than just the science to be possible. We also need investors with enough money and long-term optimism to turn isolated tests into a day to day reality.

In many ways, that part is far more of a headache than actually proving something is scientifically possible in the first place.

And in 2020, when that moon project lands, they find the beacon and everything goes to hell...

NinjaDeathSlap:

Devoneaux:
Proving once again, that real world science advances much faster than science fiction writers give credit for.

Except we need more than just the science to be possible. We also need investors with enough money and long-term optimism to turn isolated tests into a day to day reality.

In many ways, that part is far more of a headache than actually proving something is scientifically possible in the first place.

Well for something to be economically viable, it merely has to be both practical and cost effective. If it's not cost effective then it was never a particularly useful advancement to begin with.

That sounds a lot like a certain lab report in "Felidae".
I hope they didn't hurt any cats...

DVS BSTrD:
Great! But where are we on that omni-gel?

We already have it.

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OT: Saw this on Tumblr yesterday, very impressive.

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

The test was nullified after traces of Horse DNA was found in the pig liver.

Im genuinely impressed. Now I know what to use in the even my liver comes under attack.

That wasn't a liver. Lies!

Cowabungaa:

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Landolina also claims that it heals second-degree burns in two days, but since his entire body of evidence for that was a story about how his buddy got burned and then applied the gel and was healed, it would perhaps be a better idea to hold fire on that one until it's been lab-tested.

But isn't that precisely HOW one tests it?
Fnar.

Yeah but you don't actually prove it by telling you did it. Nor do you do it once. Or usually on your lab partner.

yeah, about that...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_cell_gun

so it might be true..

also:

VanQ:

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

indeed.

anyways, i fear this medi-gel will just convert an open wound into an internal wound so you still might be able to "bleed out" into the inside of your body.

Personally, with this being about sealing over holes on the body, I'm getting very bad flashbacks to my personal most terrifying episode of fringe; "Ability".

In which people's eyes, mouth, nostril, and everything, AND I MEAN EVERYTHING ELSE, seals itself up.

I see how this could be amazing for paramedics and traffic/industrial accidents. Seems to need next to no training to use (just slap it on a wound?) so all you need is to be conscious to treat yourself or to have an untrained civ to help.

If this actually works and has no major side effects... it's going to be huge.

VanQ:

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

Isn't that because Star Wars has Bacta and Kolto? Or do they have another healing substance? I don't know much about Star Trek so I can't say that they don't have magic healing gel.

Cool, so now we have medi-gel. Let's see...

We already have:

Cool man, the future is here! Hold on, wait just a second! Where's my jetpa--

Oh, there it is.

I love that this was invented by a third-year college student. +1 to prodigy power! I wonder why nobody thought of this beforehand. Or did they, and were unable to make it work?
I wonder how much it will cost to produce. That would be pretty spectacular if you can just find it at your local pharmacy next to the bandages, or even INSTEAD of bandages.

Devoneaux:
Proving once again, that real world science advances much faster than science fiction writers give credit for.

Really, some disciplines advance faster while others advance slower. Back to the Future II predicted that flying cars and hoverboards would be commonplace by 2015, and we still don't have anything close to them.

After looking into it a little more, apparently he's applying for a research grant from the Department of Defense. He's hoping to eventually make a military version and call it "Medi-Gel". So basically Veti-Gel is for animals, Medi-Gel will be for people is the impression I get. Either way, pretty cool.

Captcha: background noise (I'm hurt)

rhizhim:

VanQ:

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

indeed.

anyways, i fear this medi-gel will just convert an open wound into an internal wound so you still might be able to "bleed out" into the inside of your body.

Ya I have my reservations too. As much as I hope this works, all the video shows is that the gel enters the wound and prevents the bleeding. I want to see this used on animal models, with hour by hour results.

bazaalmon:
I love that this was invented by a third-year college student. +1 to prodigy power! I wonder why nobody thought of this beforehand. Or did they, and were unable to make it work?
I wonder how much it will cost to produce. That would be pretty spectacular if you can just find it at your local pharmacy next to the bandages, or even INSTEAD of bandages.

Stuff similar to this already exists. It's not exactly a brand new invention. This just works a little differently and seemingly better. I'm also interested in cost. I would assume it's not cheap and we probably won't see it at a local pharmacy anytime soon, but I could certainly be wrong.

VanQ:

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

shieldheart204:

VanQ:

rhizhim:
its a sad day when you realise that people associate Medi-gel with Mass Effect and only Mass Effect...

As an experiment I just put "medi-gel" and "medigel" into google and every result was Mass Effect related. Not even a single link on the first results pages to Star Wars or Trek. Sad days.

Isn't that because Star Wars has Bacta and Kolto? Or do they have another healing substance? I don't know much about Star Trek so I can't say that they don't have magic healing gel.

Star wars is Bacta, and Star Trek has many magical healing devices, the gel however, is Biomimetic Gel, which is an illegal substance for the most part, and they hardly have much use for it in a healing capacity.

OT: that's actually pretty awesome, no longer will I need to find the right size and type of band-aid. I can just slather myself in gel and be done! All my problems are now solved.

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