12 Aug '11, 5pm

Synthetic Skin From Spider Silk Heals Wounds

Growing Skin On Spider Silk The findings were published in the July 26th issue of PLoS ONE . The authors write that reconstructive surgeons want a biomaterial that can promote the attachment, proliferation and growth of cells. Essentially, they want a bandaid that can make skin grow again. In looking for this solution, the researchers wove silk harvested from Golden Orb web spiders on steel frames. They found that human skin cells placed on the woven mesh and given the right warmth, air and nutrients will flourish within just a week's time. They were able to harvest from the mesh two types of skin cells that resemble the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) and the dermis (the next layer of skin under the epidermis). The team concludes that their use of spider silk as a biomaterial for regrowing skin could be, quite literally, just what the doctor ordered. A mesh layer ...

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