A recently-developed hydrogel allows new skin to grow over third-degree burns
Postdoctoral fellow Guoming Sun (left) and Sharon Gerecht, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, helped develop the burn-healing hydrogel
Third-degree burns typically require very complex treatment, and leave nasty scars once they've healed. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, however, are reporting success at treating such burns on lab mice, using a new type of hydrogel that grows new skin (as opposed to scar tissue) over burn sites. The gel contains no drugs or biological components - it's made mainly from water and dissolved dextran, which is a sugar-like polymer.
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