Japanese researchers have bred skin tissue out of reprogrammed stem cells. The tissue included sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Is it a first step towards the dream of “breeding” transplantable test-tube organs?
To breed skin tissue, the team of researchers around Ryoji Takagi at the Tokyo University of Science used induced pluripotent stem cells, also known as iPS cells, from mice.
Once transplanted onto a different mouse, the tissue was able to perform all the functions of normal skin, the scientists reported on April 1 in the journal “Science Advances.”