Potential Alternative to Skin Grafts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/05

Potential Alternative to Skin Grafts

From Lancet, news of a medical breakthrough that will likely be very controversial.

Swiss doctors say they've created "biological band aids" by successfully treating eight burned children with skin cells from a fetus. With tissue constructed from the cells, the children's second and third degree burns closed within about 2 weeks.

A woman whose pregnancy ended at 14 weeks gave her permission for researchers to use cells from her fetus.

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