In what can be called a major breakthrough, the team of materials scientists and tissue engineers at the University of Sheffield, have developed a dissolvable ‘Scaffold’ for growing new areas of skin. This is very useful in treating burns, diabetic ulcers and other similar injuries. The 3-dimensional scaffold, looks like a tissue paper. When placed over the wound the scaffold dissolves without causing any harm over 6 to 8 weeks. Before this the patient’s skin cells are attached to the scaffold, multiplying till they grow over. The polymers used in the scaffold are biodegradable materials.

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