Progress In Engineered Skin

The Telegraph reports on progress in producing replacement skin: "Scientists said that the successful tests, in which laboratory-made living human skin was fully and consistently integrated into the human body for the first time, marked a clinical breakthrough in regenerative medicine. ... Intercytex said the new skin - called ICX-SKN - appeared to incorporate itself much better with real tissue than any other skin substitutes tried in the past, which biodegrade in situ after a few weeks. The researchers hope it might provide an alternative to skin grafts, which are often used for victims of serious burns and large wounds. ICX-SKN is created from a matrix produced by the same skin cells that are responsible for synthesising new tissue in the body. Results show that the new skin had produced a closed and healed wound site after just 28 days. ... To have an off-the-shelf skin replacement product that can be used in large numbers of patients will revolutionise the treatment of burned and skin damaged patients."



Why is the latest on stem cell regenerative medicine, regeneration of skin, and other regeneration using extracellular matrix at least 3 years old? Has nothing happened in this field since 2008?

Posted by: Sylvia C at February 10th, 2011 7:06 AM

@Sylvia C: bear in mind that three years is just long enough to ready an idea for commercial use, or organize and run one round of trials - you'd only expect to see one level of advancement happen in three years in medicine.

As it happens, regeneration of skin noted a recent impressive demonstration of progress - largely in the tools used to deliver established first generation therapies.

This has been in the works for a year or two:

Posted by: Reason at February 10th, 2011 8:37 AM

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