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Flexible Gel Could Bestow the Gift of Voice

This is not some weirdo photography of a female body part. It's actually an artificial vocal cord created by a group of scientists over at MIT.


This particular specimen is made of a flexible polymer gel that vibrates like your vocal cords when exposed to air flow. It works so well that the researchers want to inject it into patients whose vocal cords have been damaged. They gel may restore flexibility to the cords and the patients could speak again. Hallelujah! [MIT via PopSci andDvice]

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This is interesting, and wonderful medical tech. But "injectable vocal cords"? As in, "huge needle to the throat"? Thanks, but I think I'd rather be silent.

-IMP ;) :)