Scientists reach medical breakthrough in artificial skin for burn victims

JAPAN (WIVB) — Scientists in Japan have made a medical breakthrough that could allow doctors to treat burn victims without skin donors.

Here are two images of what skin looks like if you take a cross-section of it.

skin

Both have hair follicles and glands, and both function like normal tissue, but one of these was grown in a lab.

Scientists say they made a huge step forward by creating skin in their lab that connects to other organ systems. Researchers have been able to make simple, 2-dimensional sheets of tissue cells before, but this is a 3D organ. It could eventually allow doctors to do skin transplants on burn victims, without needing a skin donor.

The study authors published their results in the journal Science Advances. They also pointed out that they are closer to recreating actual organs in the lab to use in transplants. They think tissue like this, grown in a lab, will eventually allow them to use it as an alternative to testing chemicals on animals.

MORE | Learn more about this study here.

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