Scientists Used Stem Cells to Grow Hairy, Fluorescent Skin for Transplants
April 4, 2016
(The Verge) – Researchers have grown a type of complex, hairy skin tissue in the lab for the first time. The fluorescent skin was implanted in living mice, and although its use in humans is a long way off, scientists think the lab-grown tissue could one day help burn survivors and people with skin diseases. The skin, described today in the journal Science Advances, was made by Japanese researchers using reprogrammed cells taken from mature rodents — called “induced pluripotent stem cells.” Unlike previous lab-grown skin, it contains inner and outer layers, as well as hair follicles and oil-producing glands.