New technology that prints human skin could help hasten wound healing

(Darwin Malicdem / Medical Daily) — Scientists have developed a new technology that can print human skin, layer by layer, to cover and treat large wounds or burns faster than traditional treatments.

A team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) created the mobile skin bioprinting system that uses a patient’s own cells to produce skin tissue that will directly cover wounds, EurekAlert reported Thursday.

Researchers said in a report published in the Scientific Reports journal that doctors can easily move the wheeled technology to any place because of its mobility.

“The unique aspect of this technology is the mobility of the system and the ability to provide on-site management of extensive wounds by scanning and measuring them in order to deposit the cells directly where they are needed to create skin,” Sean Murphy, a WFIRM assistant professor and lead author of the report, said. (…)

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