Japanese scientists succeeded in transplanting on mice skin designed laboratory reproducing the same functions as human skin.
Artificial skin created in laboratory
This piece of skin perspires and presents hairs as any fragment of human skin. Unlike this piece is entirely artificial. Once grafted onto a person, this fabric could reproduce the natural behavior of the human skin, i.e. sweat and be covered with hairs. This amazing feat comes from researchers Japanese of the biology laboratory of the Kiren Center in collaboration with the University of the sciences in Tokyo.
Scientists are achieved this result after having taken gums to a mouse cells. They managed to produce layers of skin with hair follicles and sweat glands (which secrete sweat). When this artificial tissue was grafted a devoid mice's immune system, it hasadapted well to his new environment and will is even covered with hair.
Can we deduce that this experience would be transferable to humans? According tothe Japanese, this option is feasible and may become a reality within the next five toten years.
The researchers hope to term this system will allow to generate fully functional fabrics. These could be grafted to replace the tissues of patients with skin diseases and burns victims.
In the journal Science advances, the study also suggests that these artificial tissues could be exploited by the drug industry or cosmetics, offering an alternative to testson animals.