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Skin layer grown from human stem cells could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing

A cost-effective alternative lab model for testing drugs and cosmetics
An international team led by King’s College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer – with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin. The new epidermis, grown from human pluripotent stem cells, offers a cost-effective alternative lab model for testing drugs and cosmetics, and could also help to develop new

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