Can electricity bring tissue back to life, Frankenstein-style?
Scientists believe electric currents and fields hold the key to major advances in tissue engineering.
Electrical stimulus has already shown some success in stimulating sensory nerve regrowth in people with damaged spinal cords.
But the importance of electricity in wound healing and tissue repair has been largely overlooked because of its association with Victorian quackery and Frankenstein, according to Dr Ann Rajnicek (PhD).
In Mary Shelley's novel, electricity provides the spark that brings Frankenstein's monster to life.