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Spray-On Skin For Burns From ReCell Kit
In his 1960 novel Dr. Futurity, Philip K. Dick wrote about art-derm, which was spray-on skin that could be directly applied to wounds.
Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm; it sealed off the open wound, halted bleeding, and prohibited infection.
(Read more about art-derm)
But that's just science fiction, right?
A new technology for spray-on skin has been developed by Australian surgeon Fiona Wood; the spray intended to treat severe second-degree burns, in which the top two layers of skin are damaged but the subcutaneous tissue is left intact. A new kit is now available commercially.
(ReCell skin kit for spray-on skin)
The technology, developed by Australian surgeon Fiona Wood, relies on cells, such as skin progenitor cells and the color-imparting melanocytes, that are most concentrated at the junction between the skin's top two layers. With a small step-by-step kit dubbed ReCell, surgeons can harvest, process and apply these cells to treat a burn as large as 10.5 square feet. The kit, marketed by Avita Medical, a United Kingdom-based regenerative-medicine company, is a tiny, self-contained lab about the size and shape of a large sunglasses case.
Via MIT's Technology Review.
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