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Utah Team Builds a Mechanical Leech

A TINY PARASITE -- THAT HELPS INITIATE BLOODFLOW, IN THE HUMAN BODY -- IS STILL BEING USED BY HOSPITALS, ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

BUT A UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH TEAM IS WORKING TO CHANGE THAT.

ENGINEERS AND DOCTORS AT THE U, HAVE BUILT A MECHANICAL LEECH.

ENGINEERING STUDENT JESSICA KUHLMAN SAYS, THEIR EQUIPMENT DOES THE SAME THING AS LIVE LEECHES...BUT WITHOUT THE RISK OF BACTERIAL INFECTIONS.

THE U of U TEAM HAS BEGUN TESTING ITS MECHANICAL LEECHES...AND HOPES FORMAL CLINICAL TRIALS WILL BEGIN, WITHIN A YEAR.

 

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