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Best of 2016 // #82: Hope for Skin Grafts

Best of 2016 // #82: Hope for Skin Grafts
Takashi Tsuji/Riken Center

In April, researchers from Japan’s RIKEN institute made a surprising announcement, and it may one day help skin graft recipients.

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The team from RIKEN were able to grow skin from mice stem cells.  Unlike previous versions of lab-grown skin, doesn’t have just one layer, but all three, including follicles and oil-glands.

Researchers used furry mice to allow the stem cells to grow to maturity before transplanting them on non-furred mice, where the skin and hair was able to take rook quickly.

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