The what? Scientists in Singapore have created human skin in a petri dish, which could be used an alternative to animal testing in cosmetics.
The details Created by DeNova Sciences in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the thumbnail-sized skin has the same chemical and biological properties as human skin.
Talking to Reuters, John Koh, Lab Manager at DeNova Sciences, said, “We can see that the industry is moving towards animal-free testing. So we really want to offer a solution to testing on the skin without using animal or human skin.”
The skin can be used to test the toxicity or irritability of a product, with the scientists accelerating the manufacturing process by using a printing machine to create precisely patterened layers that emulate the human skin.
Going forward the company is looking to create skin with Asian pigment cells to test whitening and skincare and products.
The why? The development is undoubtedly the result of a direct call from consumers that are increasingly seeking cruelty-free, vegan products. Said to be a game changer for the cosmetics and personal care industry, could China soften its hard stance on animal testing if the results prove successful?