• Not sure if everyone else already knew of this, but in Madrid they've established a method of 3D printing functional skin. (3D bioprinting of functional human skin: production and in vivo analysis: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1758-5090/9/1/015006/pdf

    It contains plasma, fibroblasts, and keratinocytes printed in two layers to represent the dermis and epidermis.  The end result shows that it has a slightly different histology than human skin, but still incredibly cool considering once grafted it had vasculature beneath the epidermis that was similar to that of normal skin. 
  • JupiterJupiter April 5
    I like that.

    PS...
    It seems to require an account to view...
  • @Jupiter Pretty incredible, huh. Do you know if there's any way to attach a pdf? I was at my uni and it let me straight into the article, would hate for people to have to create an account to view it
  • @misslitty It's been awhile since I've seen it mentioned, but I think someone, somewhere, has access to the community PDF library.
  • FrankFrank April 5
    Wake Forest did something similar by filling a regular inkjet printer with skin cells. Sounds crude as hell, but seems to have worked
    http://www.wakehealth.edu/Research/WFIRM/Research/Military-Applications/Printing-Skin-Cells-On-Burn-Wounds.htm

  • It's a little late, but never forget sci-hub. They have a lot of stuff readily accessible without having to spend an arm and a leg.
    http://iopscience.iop.org.sci-hub.io/article/10.1088/1758-5090/9/1/015006/pdf
  • misslittymisslitty April 20
    @BoboTheEpic Thank you for that! Had never heard of it before
  • I was a little surprised that they took this long actually. I thought we can do this already given how ridiculously easy it is to grow skin compared with other organs (they even come in spray-can form now :P).