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Cultured human skin, Europe, 1999

Cultured human skin, Europe, 1999

Credits: Science Museum

Inside this plastic box is skin grown and preserved in ethanol. For skin transplants, surgeons have to grow skin from the patient’s own cells otherwise the new skin will be rejected by their immune system. It takes around three weeks to grow, or ‘culture’, the skin. Skin grafts from other parts of the patient’s body may also be used. Skin grafts or transplants are used for severe burns, injuries or reconstructive surgery. This sample was donated by the Centre for Cutaneous Research at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science (ICMS) at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Glossary: human remains

term created as part of the NMSI human remains policy (from April 2007); Other terms used are 'blood' and 'human hair'

Glossary: transplant

Surgical operation to introduce organ or tissue from one person (the donor) to another (the recipient). It may also refer to the transfer of tissues from one part of a person's body to another part of the same person's body.

Glossary: cultured human skin

Human skin that has been artificially grown (cultured) from a smaller sample. Can be used on skin injuries such as burns.