By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local professor is trying to change the way wounds are covered.

Medical dressings for hard-to-heal wounds are unique and quite expensive, according to Dr. Peter Lelkes, director of Temple School of Medicine’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Engineering.

In response, he’s developing a wound dressing made from soybeans.

“Soy is a plant protein that is abundant and which is ‘green,’ so it can be renewed,” he explains.  “It is inexpensive; it is bioactive, so it accelerates wound healing; it is not derived from animals, which has several issues including the avoidance of disease transfer.”

He says the special dressings would also work well in a war zone, because the healing properties of soy last a long time.

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