The Italian Almanac

human skin

Italian Science - March 5

Italian doctors have used stem cells to rebuild human skin and repair tissue damage - the first time this has been accomplished. A Rome University team led by Nicolo' Scuderi took stem cells from 13 patients, grew them in the laboratory, and recreated the patients' skin.

"We finally succeeded in reconstructing skin as an entire organ, the dermis and the epidermis," Scuderi said. Reconstituted tissue was grafted onto the backs of seven children to repair damage caused by the removal of widespread and potentially cancerous birthmarks.

In the other six cases, the new skin was used to cover scars, wounds and a tumor.