Tattoos are going scientific. Temporary tats that release drugs into the body are being readied as a new weapon to fight chronic conditions, like multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. These tattoos contain nanoparticles that fight diseases selectively and better prevent adverse reactions to healthy tissue, explained Christine Beeton, lead researcher at Baylor.

One benefit of drugs administered tattoo-style is that they stay in the body longer than if they are injected, noted the study in Scientific Reports. “Placed just under the skin, the carbon-based particles form a dark spot that fades over about one week as they are slowly released into the circulation,” said Beeton. READ MORE