Scientists from the University of Bristol (UK) will create "human" skin on artificial robotic muscles that can stretch and bend tissues. The news medical.net portal reported that the "new" skin could be used in operations on patients with burns.
A team of scientists led by Dr. Sarah Correia Carreira is developing a realistic skin model based on elastic components. The elasticity of the skin will allow the transplant patient to make natural movements.
Scientists said the invented skin could be used as a graft for burns. Due to their natural structure, these grafts will not break.
In our project, robotic muscles will help us incorporate natural movements into laboratory models of human skin, as well as become a mechanism for creating the best replacement tissues for transplantation.
- Sarah Correia Carreira.
Scientists said that in the future they plan to test various drugs on the invented skin. Such experiments will help to record the skin's reaction to certain medications.
Scientists from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have created bioprostheses to replace human blood vessels. The invented vessels are as similar as possible to physiological ones. Bioprostheses are mainly made of synthetics.