The Effect Red Light Has on Protein Synthesis and Growth of Human Fibroblast Cells



In our project, “The Hidden Power of Red Light,” we primarily focused on the effect red light has on human fibroblast cells in order to determine if there is a difference between the healing rate of cells exposed to white light, no light and of course red light. We conducted protein assays to assess the protein make up of the human fibroblast cells, related to the exposure to different light sources. This technique enabled us to scientifically differentiate and to distinctively establish the difference in the production of proteins within the cell cultures.

We have all undoubtedly experienced cuts and wounds in our daily lives and it’s evident that these cuts and wounds can dramatically affect us as human beings, whether it is our level of confidence or performance capabilities. Wounds can of course range in severity and can come in all shapes and sizes. However, we have developed a red cellophane bandage, which sufficiently filters white light or natural light from the sun into red light. The bandage inevitably decreases wound and cut healing time and may decrease the possibility of increased infection or the appearance of scarring. Although minor experimentation has been conducted suggesting the possibility of red light as a method of wound healing, there has been no conclusive evidence and proper experimentation conducted to prove such claims.

Also, luminescent bacteria are a living organism that could produce red light and research has shown the potential for a drastic advancement in the accelerated rate of healing with the use of such bacteria. The bacteria could be used on larger wounds or incisions during surgical operations, in order to help the wound or cut to heal much faster and more efficiently. We have precisely examined the specific morphological differences in human fibroblast cells (e.g. - size and shape) as well as their protein make up in order to determine the potentiality of drastic biotechnological advancements in the science world.