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3D printed functional hair follicles from lab-grown human skin

A revolutionary step towards regenerative medicine, drug testing, and enhanced skin models


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Scientists have successfully 3D-printed hair follicles in lab-grown skin for the first time.

"This kind of automated process is needed to make future biomanufacturing of skin possible,” - Pankaj Karande, lead author of the study.

Current engineered skin models lack hair follicles, limiting their usefulness.

The 3D-printed skin with hair follicles could provide more accurate information about skin interactions with topical products.

Research team plans to extend the lifespan of these tissues to allow hair follicles to mature.

This breakthrough has potential applications in regenerative medicine and drug testing.

A significant step towards developing better treatments for burns and other skin conditions.

Study by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute published in Science Advances.

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Pankaj Karande

Associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Private research university in Troy, New York

Science Advances

Journal that publishes original research and reviews in all disciplines of science

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3D printed functional hair follicles from lab-grown human skin