Cultured skin makes large-scale transplantations possible

Large burns require skin grafting. Surgeons remove split-thickness skin grafts and apply them to the injured areas. Now skin that has been made in a laboratory is meant to help in covering burns as well as chronic wounds and thus promote the healing process. Researchers in Zurich have been working on this for more than 13 years.


Photo: Face of a woman, dried skin under the magnifying glass; Copyright: Atamanenko

The skin is our body's largest organ. If it gets damaged, it can become both a functional and an aesthetical burden; © Evgeny Atamanenko

Already possible, but not yet approved

Vermehren und zusammenbauen

Photo: Colored tissue section of the human skin; copy;Tissue Biology Research Unit (Zürich)

Suited for deep skin injuries and pigmentation abnormalities

Photo: Michalina Chrzanowska; Copyright: B. Frommann

©B. Frommann