Researchers Create Flexible Yarn from Human Skin Cells

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 09:27

French researchers have made flexible yarn from human skin cells, which can be knitted, crocheted or weaved into unique patterns for medical purposes.

According to the Daily Mail report, researchers have already used the material in operations on animals, and say it could be used to make 'human textiles' for tissue grafts or organ repair in future.

'We can sew pouches, create tubes, valves and perforated membranes,' lead author of the study Nicholas L'Heureux from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux told New Scientist.

Based on the research published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia, unlike synthetic 'skin', which can trigger inflammation that hinders the healing process, skin made from fibroblasts is not rejected by the human immune system, making it perfect for medical procedures.

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