Saturday, June 23, 2007

Skin grafts grown from hair

Pisa, June 22 - Italian researchers have
succeeded in using hair to grow the right kind of skin for grafting onto serious burns and other wounds. "Basically, you put the hair in an incubator and grow skin cells that produce a protein that endows the skin with protective properties," said Pisa University's Marco Romanelli. "We have obtained a type of skin that is able to repair the kind of wounds that are hardest to treat". "And there's no risk of us turning anyone bald - we only take about 100 hairs from each person, the number that falls out every day in any case". Read More at Life in Italy

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