Artificial skin has been grown from stem cells taken from an umbilical cord, according to a study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine. Researchers combined the stem cells with a biomaterial made of fibrin and agarose to create artificial skin that was available immediately, unlike current methods used on burn victims that can take weeks to graft from healthy skin. "Creating this new type of skin using stem cells, which can be stored in tissue banks, means that it can be used instantly when injuries are caused, and which would bring the application of artificial skin forward many weeks," said study co-author Antonio Campos of the University of Granada.

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