Thursday, April 08, 2021

Russian Scientists Create Unique 'Artifical Skin' For Bandaging Wounds - Global Times

Researchers from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN) have created a unique type of fabric for wound bandaging, dubbed "artificial skin".

The so-called "skin" would be applied to the wound to protect it from infection and physical damage, while also allowing cells to grow and assuring that the wound does not become wet or too dry while under the fabric.

The "artificial skin" is made of collagen filled with dermal cells called fibroblasts, and a layer of epithelial cells - keratinocytes - which resembles human skin. 

This thin material boosts the healing of the wound, providing additional collagen while donor cells are slowly replaced by those of the patient.

According to the researchers, it takes two days for new "skin" to heal, even the most serious wounds.

The cutting-edge technology was developed in the Russian science city of Pushchino, where the RAN Institute is based.

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