The ability to grow human skin may lead to a decrease in the use of animal testing. Why substitute an animal when you can use the real thing?
And who do we have to thank for this development? L'Oreal of all companies. We've posted bad stuff about them in the past, but they deserve praise now.
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal showed Sky News their new product called Episkin in an exclusive visit to their laboratory in Lyon, France.
The skin is grown from cells removed from donor skin left over after cosmetic surgery.
Tests have shown it gives more accurate results than animal skin.
The new skin has been cleared for use and will now be available to use in the cosmetic industry.
Dr Estelle Tinois-Tessonneaud, who led the research said: "It was very important because following regulation in 2009 the cosmetic industry will not be allowed to sell a cosmetic with raw materials that have been tested on animals so it was absolutely fundamental that we get this model."
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