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Artificial skin to heal wounds

26th June 2007

A British research team has made artificial skin in early trials, which could help to heal wounds.


Intercytex, a company based in the UK, said it had developed skin which showed good results in trials. The new type of artificial skin, known as ICX-SKN, is said to work better in contact with skin tissue than in previous experiments.

The new skin could offer another option for patients requiring skin grafts - where skin is used from one part of the body and grafted onto the wounded area. Intercytex say they are planning to test the new skin on larger wounds.

ICX-SKN is made from fibrin gel and can be designed in order to fit a wound. It is left in place under a dressing for four weeks. After this time, the dressing is taken off. Results for the six subjects tested showed wounds were able to heal with minimal scarring.

Researchers say the new artificial skin has the ability to integrate with real skin, unlike current grafting methods, which are not always accepted by the body.

Dr Phil Stephens, an expert in cell biology at Cardiff University, warned

more studies should be carried out to ensure the new system was superior to existent ones, although he agreed the new system had great potential.

Dr Paul Kemp, Intercytex's chief scientist, said: "I was very surprised at how quickly the wounds healed. If this continues in larger trials then it could revolutionise the way in which wounds and burns are treated in the future."

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