Scientists Have Created Artificial Skin That Sweats And Grows Hair

Sick of your boring old natural human skin? Well now you don’t have to have that stupid biological stuff anymore because researchers from RIKEN University and Tokyo University in Japan just announced that they have created the first lab-grown skin that has hair follicles and sweat glands.

Biologist at RIKEN in Tokyo, Takashi Tsuji said:

“We have successfully grown skin that replicates the function of normal tissue. Up until now, artificial skin development has been hampered by the fact that the skin lacked the important organs, such as hair follicles and exocrine glands, which allow the skin to play its important role in [temperature] regulation,”

To get this skin scientists had to chemically manipulate cells from mouse gums (yikes!) and then turn them back into ‘undifferentiated’ stem cells, which have the ability to develop into any kind of tissue. Basically, it’s a form of stem cell manipulation. It’s so sophisticated that the skin can even grow hair and sweat.

There have been previous forms of artificial skin that really felt a lot like real skin, but none before that was actually a chemical and biological mimic of skin before.

It sounds creepy, but this is all really good news for burn and scar victims, and could also prevent animal testing for products.

Yay science!

[Quartz]