Scientist have discovered self healing polymers that could be used as synthetic human skin

You know we are passionate about science and the skin and so here is another interesting news piece that may leave you sat on the edge of your seat… self healing synthetic skin. This all sounds very futuristic and ‘Terminator’ like, but according to WiredNews, soon it really will be possible to have synthetic skin that can heal itself, which will be particularly useful for those who have skin healing problems or those that have been subject to unrepairable injury. Could skin grafts be a thing of the past? ‘How on earth does this stuff work’? …I hear you say.

Scientists began by looking into synthetic skin for prosthetics, so that those who had been affected by injury, could regain the sense of touch (this is a generalisation, as there is a lot more to it in the way of how it all actually works… like electronic currents and brain signals and things). Investigations were made further when researchers found polymers that react in a similar way to the self healing qualities of human skin. This lead them to believe that it may be possible to generate, what is essentially, synthetic skin made from plastics or rubbers, that can heal themselves. The discovery is said to have been a scientific break through, but is still being developed.

Due to the nature of our daily lives and activities, our skin needs to manage a whole plethora of functions. Not only does it need to be sensitive to touch, hold in and be permeable to moisture, protect our nerves and circulatory system, and heal itself if it gets damaged, but it needs to have a flexible, smooth texture and allow for us to move easily within it, and also to adapt to our bodies growth and change. This is a rather demanding feat for scientists to find something that will replicate all of these actions, but this hasn’t stopped a team of chemical engineers in California from trying.

Science never fails to surprise us, and in a short time, we may be able to use this technology in medicine. Let’s hope the engineers succeed. Great news on the skin care and medicine front!

To read more, click on the link below:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/synthetic-skin/

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Skin Science… how the skin of fish could encourage human wound healing

Although this doesn’t have much to do with anti-ageing or remedies for menopause symptoms, the skin intrigues us greatly and we always like to keep you up to date with what is happening in the world of science. The latest skin-science news has revealed a new form of technology that will enable the manipulation of fish skin into a substance that can be used to encourage human skin to heal, when we may be affected by an illness that prevents our skin from healing on its own. This new wound healing technology could help to prevent serious infections when the skin doesn’t quite want to grow back together.

This substance is known as Marigen Omega3 and has recently been approved by the FDA in America for safe use in human medicine. The “skin” is formed by removing the cells of the fish, leaving behind the connective tissue.

“These sheets of “skin” aren’t just whole fleshy slabs right off the fish. MariGen Omega3 consists of the layers of connective tissues that are left after the cells have been removed. The remaining material is known as extracellular matrix (ECM). The removal of the fish cells prevents any possible infection or immune reaction when applied to the patient’s wound.”

This connective tissue also contains Omega 3 lipids which can help reduce inflammation around the wound itself. The technology is thought to be a suitable replacement for the current use of a similar process that uses pig skin, as it is very similar to human skin. The fish alternative provides an alternative for those of different faiths where pig flesh is unsuitable, but the added bonus of fish skin containing natural omega 3 means that it may even be more effective. This is another astounding breakthrough in the world of science and technology, which never ceases to amaze us.

To read the full article, visit the link below (where the above quote was taken from):

http://www.geek.com/science/fda-approves-fish-skin-material-to-help-heal-human-wounds-1576941/