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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.