Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Bioprinting Skin

Human skin is likely to be the first artificially produced organ for transplant.  3D-printed skin has layers like natural skin, but is much simpler than intricate organs like a heart.  This would make it possible to patch burns and other major injuries without cannibalizing the patient's own body for spare parts or using risky foreign tissue.  And yes, it can still save lives, because the skin the biggest organ on the body and losing too much of it is fatal.
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