The advancement in scientific research has gone one step ahead, where scientists are now able to experiment on various genetic elements.
According to Now This, DeNova Sciences, a Singapore-based startup, developed a method of creating in-vitro skin that has the same chemical and biological properties as human skin. Their goal was to produce an alternative to animal testing.
Lab manager of DeNova Sciences “We can see that the industry is moving towards animal-free testing, so we really want to offer a solution to testing on the skin without using you know, animals or human skin.”
The project is in a collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The synthetic skin is made from donated skin cells and collagen, which is printed in patterned layers, is just like human skin. It was reported by Reuters that, each tiny piece of skin takes less than a minute to print, which is the distinctive quality of the project.
Now This reported that the pieces are then incubated for about two weeks, causing the skin cells to multiply and gain opacity. They can then be used to test the toxicity or irritability of a product something that many companies usually rely on animal testing to determine.
The researchers at DeNova Sciences says the skin will soon be used to test the effects of skin-whitening products