Prototype 3D bioprinter which creates functional human skin unveiled

Prototype 3D bioprinter which creates functional human skin unveiled

Prototype 3D bioprinter which creates functional human skin unveiled

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jan, 2017 | 6:27 am

Millions of animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the world for animal testing purposes. The languish in pain, suffer from extreme frustration, ache and loneliness.

A team of biologists has built a prototype 3D bioprinter that can create functional human skin, which could finally help bring an end to animal testing once and for all.

Researchers claim that the lab-made skin can be used in transplants for burnt victims or for the testing of chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

It closely replicates real human skin, featuring an epidermis-like external layer for protection, a thicker layer to act as the dermis and a layer made up of fibroblast cells that produce collagen, the protein that gives skin elasticity and mechanical strength.

“This method of bioprinting allows skin to be generated in a standardized, automated way, and the process is less expensive than manual production,” said Alfredo Brisac, the CEO of BioDan Group, a bio-engineering firm that wants to commercialise the technology.

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