New drug produces a tan without causing skin damage

Woman with half a tan

Inspired by the lack of advances in the field of skin cancer, a group of American scientists have recently developed a new drug that provokes the same sun-kissed effects that UV rays has on our skin but creates a tan without the damaging effects of the sun.

Tests have been conducted both on human skin as well as mice and it appears that when ingesting the drug, skin will successfully develop the pigment melanin that produces darkening of the skin. The experimental drug was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and they have evidence that the darkening effect of the skin could even work on red-heads – many of which will never be able to boast a holiday tan because of their tendency to burn. While for many this new drug could be a vital beauty enhancer, not only to reduce aging caused by the sun and the tan itself; Read more

Scientists create the first 3-D bioprinter capable of printing fully functioning skin

Keyboard with a key to start 3-D printing

A group of ground-breaking scientists from Spain joined forces and created a prototype for the first 3-D bioprinter that has the capability of producing fully functioning skin.

This new technology is a result of a joint collaboration between a team of researchers from Carlos III University (UC3M), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research) and the firm BioDan Group. Their bioprinter produces fully functioning skin that is adequate for not only cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical testing but also skin transplants.  Luis Jorcano, professor in UC3M's department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering and head of the Mixed Unit CIEMAT/UC3M in Biomedical Engineering, explained to scientific journal Biofabrication that the skin "can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical Read more