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'Living Bandages' Use Patients' Cells to Heal Skin

Last year I posted an article about natural bandages that mimic the body's healing process. Now, patients with severe burns and ulcerous wounds should soon benefit from "biological bandages," which actually use the patients' own cells to regenerate skin. The bandages, called Myskin, can be placed on wounds five to seven days after a sample of skin cells has been taken from the patient and grown on specialized discs in a lab. The cells are put on dressings and applied to wounds or burns, releasing the cells so that they can jump-start growth.

The Guardian April 27, 2004

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