The Reading / Listening - Body Repairs - Level 4

Medical science fiction is coming true. A scientific "breakthrough" has successfully repaired cells and organs in mice. Researchers developed a tiny device that is full of nanochips. The device is put on the skin and starts repairing organs and healing wounds. The nanochips "reprogramme" damaged cells to restore them to a functioning state. A researcher said the device can, "convert skin cells into elements of any organ with just one touch".



The technology is called tissue nano-transfection (TNT). Doctors do not have to cut the body. The device is put over a damaged area of the body. It injects DNA into the skin. This changes the cells into building blocks, which repair damaged tissue, such as skin, arteries, and organs like the heart or even the brain. It could replace reconstructive surgery. It could also repair aging organs. Testing will begin on humans next year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Body Repairs - Level 5 or  Body Repairs - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/07/penny-sized-nanochip-pad-regrow-organs-heal-injuries/
  • https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170807/Nanotechnology-wonders-Organ-healing-with-a-single-touch!.aspx
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318841.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. science
  2. coming
  3. A scientific
  4. repaired cells and
  5. developed a tiny
  6. The device is put
  7. repairing organs and
  8. convert skin cells into elements
  1. true
  2. healing wounds
  3. organs in mice
  4. on the skin
  5. fiction
  6. of any organ
  7. "breakthrough"
  8. device

Paragraph 2

  1. The technology is called tissue
  2. Doctors do not have to
  3. put over a damaged
  4. It injects DNA
  5. This changes the cells
  6. repair damaged
  7. It could replace reconstructive
  8. It could also repair aging
  1. tissue
  2. into the skin
  3. organs
  4. area of the body
  5. surgery
  6. nano-transfection
  7. into building blocks
  8. cut the body

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Medical science (1) ___________________ true. A scientific "breakthrough" has successfully repaired (2) ___________________ in mice. Researchers developed a tiny device (3) ___________________ nanochips. The device is put on the skin and starts (4) ___________________ healing wounds. The nanochips "reprogramme" damaged (5) ___________________ them to a functioning state. A researcher said the device can, "convert skin cells into (6) ___________________ organ with just one touch".

The technology (7) ___________________ nano-transfection (TNT). Doctors do not have to cut the body. The device (8) ___________________ damaged area of the body. It injects (9) ___________________ skin. This changes the cells into building blocks, which repair (10) ___________________, such as skin, arteries, (11) ___________________ the heart or even the brain. It could replace reconstructive surgery. It (12) ___________________ aging organs. Testing will begin on humans next year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Medicalsciencefictioniscomingtrue.Ascientific"breakthrough"hassu
ccessfullyrepairedcellsandorgansinmice.Researchersdevelopedatin
ydevicethatisfullofnanochips.Thedeviceisputontheskinandstartsrep
airingorgansandhealingwounds.Thenanochips"reprogramme"dama
gedcellstorestorethemtoafunctioningstate.Aresearchersaidthedevi
cecan,"convertskincellsintoelementsofanyorganwithjustonetouch".
Thetechnologyiscalledtissuenano-transfection(TNT).Doctorsdono
thavetocutthebody.Thedeviceisputoveradamagedareaofthebody.It
injectsDNAintotheskin.Thischangesthecellsintobuildingblocks,whic
hrepairdamagedtissue,suchasskin,arteries,andorganslikethehearto
reventhebrain.Itcouldreplacereconstructivesurgery.Itcouldalsorep
airagingorgans.Testingwillbeginonhumansnextyear.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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