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Where do you see the future of skin and regeneration technologies and what hurdles might they face moving forward?

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HDIAC Staff
Posted Date: 02/22/2016

Medical advances, including "paper skin" and 3D printed regenerative tissues could change the way doctors and patients approach treatment options. Researchers with two different laboratories are using 3D printing technologies as well as household products to develop innovative artificial tissues.

Image courtesy of National Science Foundation/ Donghee Son and Jongha Lee

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Skin regeneration after a traumatic injury or burn is a long and difficult process. The future of skin regeneration can and will make the process of recovery easier, but there are some difficulties to keep in mind with the process as well. If the skin is printed with a 3-d printer, the skin cells must be either from the host or from a donor that will not cause rejection similar to organ transplants. The depth of the injury will also pose difficulties because skin regeneration does not only include the top dermis layer, but also the other lower layers that incorporate blood vessels and nerves. The technologies available are moving forward quickly and new advancements will improve recovery time.