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3-D Bioprinter Produces Human Skin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Scientists in Madrid have created a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create fully functional human skin. This method allows skin to be generated in a standardized, automated way, and the process is less expensive than manual production, and the skin produced is suitable for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products.


The team of researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group has demonstrated, for the first time using the new 3-D printing technology, it is possible to produce proper human skin. This new human skin is one of the first living human organs created using bioprinting to be introduced to the marketplace. It replicates the natural structure of the skin, with a first external layer, the epidermis with its stratum corneum, which acts as protection against the external environment, together with another thicker, deeper layer, the dermis. This last layer consists of fibroblasts that produce collagen, the protein that gives elasticity and mechanical strength to the skin. Take a look at how it comes together in the video below.

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