Stem Cells Could Provide New Skin To Burn Victims

Stem Cells Could Provide New Skin To Burn Victims

Research as begun at a lab in Australia to create complete skin for transplant which could change the lives of people with serious burn injuries, said a spokesperson for the Sydney Burns Foundation.

Burns victims are currently treated with skin grafts or with sheets of skin grown using their skin cells.
Unfortunately the current process can only grow epidermis — the thin outer layer of skin — and this can cannot stretch, perspire, grow hair, or have normal feeling or movement.

Scientists at the Sydney Burns Foundation hope to combat this issue by developing a full-thickness, living skin that can be transplanted to burns victims. Sydney University Professor Peter Maitz said extensive testing was underway to establish base data for testing on animals in the near future.

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