Singapore team's tiny device can make human skin that can help reduce commercial animal-testing

Skin cells grown on credit-card sized device can help reduce commercial animal-testing

Dr Massimo Alberti, one of the project's researchers, working on the device, which is made of plastic and can be easily reproduced on a large scale for commercial use.
Dr Massimo Alberti, one of the project's researchers, working on the device, which is made of plastic and can be easily reproduced on a large scale for commercial use.PHOTO: A*STAR

Researchers here have successfully reconstructed human skin on a compact device which may reduce or eventually replace animal testing.

The credit-card sized device allows for topical skincare and medicinal products to be tested for possible allergic reactions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore team's tiny device can make human skin'. Subscribe