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Surgeon taking cultured human skin from dish

Surgeon taking cultured human skin from dish

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Skin culture. A surgeon prepares to delicately lift laboratory-grown human skin from a culture dish in order to give a skin graft to a burns victim. This technique is used to help restore skin to patients whose burns are so extensive that there is little healthy skin left from which to take a graft. Tiny fragments of healthy skin are transferred to the square supports seen here, and grown in culture until the skin cells have spread out to cover the support. It takes only three weeks to grow a whole square metre of cultured skin. Photographed at Hopital Edouard Herriot, Lyon, France.

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