Star Trek ‘Dermal Regenerator’ Coming Soon? NASA Devices Could Mean The End Of Stitches

Andrew Galbreath - Author

Dec. 26 2016, Updated 3:41 a.m. ET

Star Trek has once again shown the way when it comes to inspiring the latest real-life technology. In addition to influencing the invention of tablet computers and many other modern devices, as previously covered by Mental Floss, a key device in television’s most celebrated science fiction saga may soon become a reality with a new line of non-invasive medical biotechnology from NASA.

According to the entry on the official Star Trek wiki Memory Alpha, the dermal regenerator is “a common, easily operable medical tool” used to treat “minor skin wounds, such as cuts and burns” without scarring. The regenerator “could also be used to revert surgically modified skin to its normal state.”

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When Commander Riker and various other crew members of the starship Enterprise would receive cuts and wounds from missions, they would often be seen in Sick Bay afterwards getting the damaged tissue repaired almost instantly with the use of a dermal regenerator.

Healing wounds instantly with a small, hand-held device sounds too good to be true, but it could soon become a reality both in space and on Earth.


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