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August 2nd, 2007

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08:04 am - cool medtech: Episkin
According to the SciFi.com tech blog, scientists at L'Oreal have developed lab-grown human skin that can be used to test cosmetics - thus paving the way for the complete end of animal testing in the industry. Episkin consists of small swatches grown from human donor cells; it can be tanned and aged with UV light. Not only does this save the fluffy bunnies from cruelty, with the testing conducted on actual human skin it will eliminate any questionable results due to cross-species differences.

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Date:August 2nd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Let's hope it works. And if it also makes them a butt-load of money from the patent, big ups to them. (Big downs if they price it too high for other companies to buy.)
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, gee, I guess I'm gonna hafta torture the bunnies myself, then...

Actually, the bit from the site that looks most relevant to me (since I rarely wear makeup) was the cornea replacement.
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked too deeply, but yeah - based on the prescis this looks like there's a LOT of potential beyond just cosmetics testing. My first thought was skin grafts for burn patients...

I'm thinking, too, that "cosmetics testing" includes shampoo, sunscreen, shaving products and suchlike, so that bit may be more relevent than is initially apparent. :)
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it looked like there was lots of potential... but to understand how near term any of that potential is, I really need to have the resident scientist dig into it for me, and give it to me in layman's terms.
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
That is very cool!
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
That's so neat!

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