Experiments underway to give US soldiers Wolverine-like powers using cell technology 


Washington DC – Research is underway to equip the US Defence Force personnel with the capabilities of the superheroes found in Hollywood movies. The unique technology of cellular reprogramming will be used to heal the soldiers’ wounds in war and other operations as soon as possible. The US Air Force’s Research Laboratory and the University of Michigan are working on the project, the Air Force said. Three years ago, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a secret laboratory part of the US Department of Defence, reported successful tests to build a ‘super soldier.’ 


X-Men, a comic book released by Marvel Comics in the United States, depicts the story of superheroes who have gained unique power through genetic modification. Wolverine, a popular character, has been shown to have the ability to heal wounds on the body. There have been Hollywood films that show how long he can fight because of this ability. Nine films in the X-Men series released between 2000 and 2017 show the struggle of Wolverine’s character. But it’s no longer just an idea, it’s being researched by the US Air Force and the University of Michigan. 

Dr Indika Rajapakse of the University of Michigan is leading the research conducted by Dr A.S. Rajesh Naik and Col. Charles Bryce-Boise, the head of the Air Force Disruptive Technology Team. Dr Indika Rajapakse claims that wounds on the human body can heal five times faster than usual using cellular reprogramming technology. For this, they have used proteins called ‘transcription factors’ found in the body’s cells. These proteins control genes that carry out functions such as cell division, growth, and organization. 


According to Dr Rajapakse’s research, bandages should be applied by using a spray through cellular reprogramming. Thus, this is how transcription factors can be applied to wounds. It is claimed that this method can heal wounds faster and more successfully than the current type of skin grafting. Rajapaksa and his team have also developed an independent algorithm to determine which transcription factors can be accurate on a wound. It is being claimed that they are working to bring together scientific research and technology to help combatants in war, and Dr Indika Rajapaksa’s research has so far proved to be a success. 

We are looking forward to the same kind of technology,’ said Col. Charles Bryce-Boyce, the head of the Air Force Disruptive Technology Team. 

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