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The “Skin Gun”. A simple idea backed by stem cell research. It’s a spray gun that sprays skin. It uses your own cells, and the new skin is sprayed on – within a few *days* it’s completely healed. Still experimental, very promising.

So first up, medical advances and within 10 years graffiti artists will be skinning up buildings with their own DNA.


  • http://twitter.com/ironicnet IronicNet

    “This video contains content from National Geographic, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds”

    i hate when this kind of things happens…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159382916 Harvey Summers

    This is the point with the slang dictionary redefined “gimme some skin”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_25NUTJZXQAW7P6GV7NXIX7IUFM Dean

    Holy frikkin wowness!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_25NUTJZXQAW7P6GV7NXIX7IUFM Dean

    Holy frikkin wowness!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSGR7U3GM3LTY2VALIMNZVURLA Steve

    Jealousy. Four days, no scars, no pain. That’s incredible. I wish that technology existed six years ago. As a burn victim, I understand the specific need here. Graft rejection rates are in the neighborhood of 20% for your average patient, and with a 3rd degree burn of more than ~40% of total body area, you don’t have enough graftable skin for a 20% failure rate. Which means re-harvests. Which mean ~2 weeks of waiting for skin to regrow while you sit there in agony. This is like Star Trek.
    These scientists/doctors/engineers working on this project need to: a) be given whatever funding they ask for, and b) work their asses off. Also, if it really works and is safe, the FDA should jump on certifying this. Patient rehab could be cut down immensely.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they had a bone gun. Wait, my insurance company didn’t want you to know I’d broken my leg.

  • Anonymous

    As a nurse that has worked with burn patients, this is freaking awesome! Fast track the approval on this thing!

  • Anonymous

    As a nurse that has worked with burn patients, this is freaking awesome! Fast track the approval on this thing!

  • Anonymous

    As a nurse that has worked with burn patients, this is freaking awesome! Fast track the approval on this thing!

  • http://twitter.com/Diarmuid Diarmuid Wrenne

    I can’t watch the video in Ireland due to copyright but this idea is not new. Fiona Wood has a patent on spray on skin and it was used with the Bali Bombing burn victims that were airlifted to Perth in 2002.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Wood
    http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=OPGCAAAAEBAJ&dq=fiona+wood

    The idea is that instead of culturing skin cells to the point where a skin is actually formed, the cells are cultured in CSL to the prompt where enough new cells have formed and then are applied on to the burn area, where they do their thing. Critically, this reduces scarring and is less “patchy’ than grafts.

    The stem cell aspect of this video may be new as I don’t thing the Fiona Wood patent uses them

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Kate-Rager-Thornton/1171586637 Kathy Kate Rager Thornton

    OMG This is Amazing ! ! !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Kate-Rager-Thornton/1171586637 Kathy Kate Rager Thornton

    OMG This is Amazing ! ! !

  • http://twitter.com/maggelz Maggie Radford

    THIS IS AMAZING. I’d fund that.

  • http://twitter.com/fathorseharry Harry Cunningham

    “The content provider has not made this video available in your country”

    Is it too much to ask that people who post videos make sure they’re available OUTSIDE the USA? I know the USA is the centre of the world, and all, but come on.