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Lab-grown skin to replace testing on animals

Posted on Friday, 25 April, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

The research could put an end to animal testing. Image Credit: NCI/NIH
Human skin grown from stem cells in the lab could put an end to drug and cosmetics testing on animals.
The breakthrough was made by a team of scientists at King's College London who used stem cells to grow a viable skin layer that can be used to test out both cosmetic products and medications such as skin ointments.

The lab-grown skin improves upon previous efforts to grow skin from stem cells because it maintains a more life-like epidermis capable of protecting against microbes and keeping moisture from escaping.

"This is a new and suitable model that can be used for testing new drugs and cosmetics and can replace animal models," said lead researcher Dr Dusko Ilic.

"It is cheap, it is easy to scale up and it is reproducible."

Source: BBC News | Comments (16)

Tags: Skin, Stem Cells, Animal Testing

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by GreenmansGod on 25 April, 2014, 12:01
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mac E on 25 April, 2014, 12:11
Science! I support it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 25 April, 2014, 14:24
Even if the syn-skin costs more to use than animals, the cosmetic and drug companies should be legally forced to use it. These companies make enough money to eat the cost. Many people think that oil companies are bad fpr profits. Take a look at the cosmetic and drug companies.
Comment icon #10 Posted by MJNYC on 25 April, 2014, 14:32
Fantastic!! This is wonderful!
Comment icon #11 Posted by skookum on 25 April, 2014, 15:13
Wow, cheap. easy to scale up. Sounds too good to be true. Well done King's College.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 25 April, 2014, 17:23
This is great news. The sooner they get this going the better.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 April, 2014, 17:37
Wonder what it tastes like.
Comment icon #14 Posted by regeneratia on 26 April, 2014, 19:13
Yes, I saw this last night. this would be my spouse's area of concern. Will ask him about it.
Comment icon #15 Posted by regeneratia on 26 April, 2014, 20:09
Spouse says this will be put into play some 20 years from now.
Comment icon #16 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 28 April, 2014, 11:51
Wonder if immortality will ever happen

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