Lab-grown human skin could replace animal testing


BBC: UK scientists say that human skin grown in a laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetic testing.

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BBC: UK scientists say that human skin grown in a laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetic testing.

A team led by King’s College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells – the master cells of the body.

Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more like real skin as it has a permeable barrier.

It offers a cost-effective alternative to testing drugs and cosmetics on animals, they say.

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