• Question: How do you plan on finding out how your work, works without harming people?

    Asked by abbieatsix to Vicky on 19 Mar 2012.
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      Vicky Young answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Hi Abbie

      I test it on cells that originated from humans. The cells were collected from someone who was having an operation years ago. A few cells were collected from the surface of the abdominal region or ovary by scraping them off. Just like scraping the inside of your mouth. It didn’t hurt and they gave their consent to take some cells. These cells were then grown in culture for years and are called a cell line. I do most of my work on these and they give me the answers to my experiments.

      If I find something that works and can be used as a medication then it will need to be tested on people but this will be done in clinical trials by trained experts and doctors (not me). This happens for every drug made and the people testing it give their consent to try it.

      The medication is most likely to be a gel that surgeons put onto the area they are operating on after the operation. This gel will help the area heal without forming scars. It is very very very unlikely that it will harm anyone. It will be kinda like internal savlon if that makes sense?