Stem Cells Used To Grow New Skin

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French doctors announced last week that they had used human embryonic stem cells to grow skin that may one day be used as potentially life-saving skin grafts for badly burned patients.  Currently when someone suffers a severe burn, their own skin cells are grown in the laboratory to provide replacement skin. But this process takes weeks and, while patients wait for skin grafts, they can suffer from a variety of complications.  Human testing of this skin has yet to occur, with mice the only test subjects so far.

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