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An important breakthrough using umbilical cord blood stem cells to grow artificial skin has been published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.

Major-burns victims currently have to be treated over a number of weeks during which skin is grown from parts of the patients healthy skin.

With this new technology of creating skin using stem cells, which can be stored in a tissue bank, means that the treatment can be brought forward by many weeks.

For more information on the breakthrough made by researchers at the Universities of Granada, Valencia in Spain and the University of Florianopolis read here