Scientists were able to create skin that looks more like human skin than any other development. The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, writes Gizmodo.
The skin was developed by researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. To create it, they used 3D printing methods and six main types of skin cells in combination with specialized hydrogels.
According to the researchers, the result resembles full-fledged human skin with all three layers. They tested it on injured mice and pigs. During these experiments, the skin stimulated the rapid growth of new blood vessels and healthy-looking tissue. This ultimately led to better wound healing and fewer scars.
“Comprehensive skin healing is a significant clinical challenge, affecting millions of individuals worldwide, with limited options,” the scientists noted.
The results of their research indicate a possible breakthrough in wound healing. For example, skin that is close to natural could potentially facilitate full recovery from serious burns. At the same time, it will look more natural than it has so far.