Doctors at the University of Utah's Burn Care Center reported success
in their pilot study testing a stem cell solution that is sprayed
directly onto burns.
By spraying a patient's burn with a topical
solution made with their own stem cells, doctors have observed a truly
remarkable healing process.
ReCell Spray: Photo Courtesy of Avita Medical
The spray-on stem cell solution not only proved to be beneficial for healing severe burns, but also increased the likelihood that a skin graft would take successfully.
This could carry positive implications for the application of stem cell technology to other types of transplants.
The United States military is keeping a close eye on the project for the future use of stem cells as a regenerative aid for soldiers with injuries.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Amit Patel said, "Re-growing your own skin in a bioreactor is very realistic and that's not five years away even. We start with a biological band aid and hope to end up with basically synthetic skin that's still derived from your own cells."
Patel and other doctors have a dream of using stem cells for regenerative medicine, but this has been at the forefront of debate for years, and it is still a hot issue.
Would you like to see this sort of treatment available in the years to come?