Skin Cell Gun Video

The skin cell gun developed by Dr. Jörg C. Gerlach is demonstrated in the following video. A young man is the victim of second degree burns on a Friday night; by the following Monday, his skin had completely healed.


(Skin cell gun video)

Dr. Gerlach describes it this way:

"We call it the skin cell gun... a device for the deposition of skin cells onto the wound...

"Skin cell spraying is like paint spraying... but you need a more sophisticated device [that is] computer-controlled... We isolate cells from the healthy part of the skin, the patient's own cells, which can be taken in a water solution, and that solution is prepared for cell spraying...

"It takes one-and-a-half hours to do the biopsy and take the cells and then spray the cells.

Read more about Dr. Gerlach's technique in this earlier article Spray-On Skin With Skin Cell Spray-Transplantation.

Science fiction fans were familiarized with the idea of spray-on skin in the works of Philip K. Dick. In his 1960 story Dr. Futurity, he wrote about art-derm:

Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm; it sealed off the open wound, halted bleeding, and prohibited infection.

Thanks to Winchell Chung for finding this video and submitting a tip.

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