Science Sunday #14

Science Sunday #14

Human skin grown in lab ‘can replace animal testing’ is this week’s article for Science Sunday, originally published by BBC News on 4/24/2014.  I am at a conference this weekend so unfortunately I do not have much time to develop this post as much as I would like, but I chose this article because animal testing is certainly a controversial topic within scientific research- often manifesting itself as a debate between researchers and members of the public- though that particular debate is fpr another time.  This article discusses a new technique that in the future may be used to replace animal testing in certain situations in the lab.  While it uses stem cells to generate this lab-grown skin, the stem cells are actually derived by reprogramming skin cells (ie, they are not of embryonic origin), potentially providing a technique devoid of any ethical concerns to still allow testing products in a humanoid setting.

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