Skin pigmented using stem cells

Having successfully reconstructed an epidermis using pluripotent stem cells in 2009, Christine Baldeschi’s team at I-Stem, has just given it colour: using the same strategy, the researchers have obtained, in vitro, functional melanocytes, the cells that give skin its pigment and protect it from UV rays. This unlimited cell resource could, in time, be proposed as an alternative treatment for patients with skin pigmentation disorders, whether genetic in origin or not, such as Vitiligo. This research has been funded mainly thanks to donations toFrance’s Telethon.

 

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