French scientists found the method to quickly create human skin from stem cells, a discovery that could save the lives of many burn victims, who are vulnerable to infection and now must wait weeks for a graft.
They created a kind of human skin patch on the back of a mouse, using stem cells.
Traditionally skin grafts have been created from the culture of cells taken from the patient, in a process that takes three weeks and is too slow for some people with extensive burns.
The new method would allow hospitals to order human skin as soon as the injured are admitted.
What our discoveries can give is a way to cover the wounds during those three weeks with epidermis (…) produced in that factory and sent to the doctor at the time he receives a patient with severe burns, explained Marc Peschanski, director of research of the I-Stem.
They call the factory and immediately receive a square meter of epidermis, which will be a temporary way to cover the injuries, he said.
In France, 200 to 300 people a year are in danger of death from severe burns, said Peschanski, who hopes that the new method will become a common therapeutic tool.
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