• Question: Could you create a whole body of skin?

    Asked by wylieboy to Sean on 18 Mar 2012.
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      Sean Murphy answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      Current treatment for treating large skin wounds involve taking a section of healthy skin and stretching it to try and cover as much of the wound as possible. When the wound covers a very large area of skin, sometimes it is not possible to take such a large area of healthy skin without harming the patient. Our bioprinter uses only a very small sample of skin, and because we print individual skin cells we can cover a much larger area. We may not be able to cover an entire body, but it is a significant improvement over current methods.