Your Own Skin, Grown in a Lab

A 7 year-old boy who lost 60% of his skin to a painful genetic disorder saw almost all of it restored with experimental genetic engineering of skin cells.
 
The remarkable achievement, published in Nature, could revolutionize treatment of burn victims and people with skin diseases.
 
Doctors removed the disease-causing mutated gene from a sample of the boy’s healthy skin cells, and used them to grow enough new skin patches to cover 80% of the boy’s body.
 
Skin’s remarkable resilience relies on a small number of “long-lived stem cells” that can “extensively self-renew” researchers wrote—allowing the creation of almost-perfect new skin.
 
Washington Post
 

Related: Blazing Injustice: The Hidden Crisis of Burn Injuries – Global Health Now

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