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Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:12 PM

Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing' (BBC)

By Helen Briggs
BBC News

Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.

A team led by King's College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells - the master cells of the body.

Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more like real skin as it has a permeable barrier.

It offers a cost-effective alternative to testing drugs and cosmetics on animals, they say.
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Scientists have been able to grow epidermis from human skin cells removed by biopsy for several years, but the latest research goes a step further.
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more: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27129861

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eppur_se_muova Apr 2014 OP
FiveGoodMen Apr 2014 #1
GreenPartyVoter Apr 2014 #3
eppur_se_muova Apr 2014 #4
Judi Lynn May 2014 #5
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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:20 PM

1. "It offers a cost-effective alternative to testing drugs and cosmetics on animals"

I'm glad it's cost-effective, but isn't the fact that we wouldn't have to torture animals the real good news?

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:32 PM

3. Agreed!

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:18 PM

4. If it saved animals from torture but weren't cost-effective, what would happen to it ?

No need to answer, we all know what would (not) happen.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #4)

Thu May 1, 2014, 04:48 AM

5. Yes, we surely do. n/t

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:31 PM

2. Now, I call THAT progress!

 

Great news. Thanks for passing this around.

Trav

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