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skin repair

Friday 14 October 2011

Most of the time "artificial" tissue is grown from the patients own cells.

However, when the damage is so extreme that it is impossible to use the patient’s own cells, artificial tissue cells are grown.

The difficulty is in finding a scaffold that the cells can grow and organize on.

The characteristics of the scaffold must be that it is biocompatible, cells can adhere to the scaffold, mechanically strong and biodegradable.

One successful scaffold is a copolymer of lactic acid and glycolic acid