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Skin grafts for blistering disease.

Skin grafts for blistering disease

Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of hereditary skin diseases in which something as light as a human touch can cause the skin to blister and peel away, inviting infection and laying down scar tissue. Various treatments have been tried with little effect (SN: 1/26/85, p. 58). Andrew N. Lin of Rockefeller University in New York City, with his colleagues there and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, have found that skin grafting helped in three boys suffering from a common form of the disease.

They removed skin from unaffected areas, grew it in culture, grafted it onto the affected areas and found that the skin "stuck.' "Something happens to allow a foothold on the patients' skin,' says Lin. "What we do does not correct the basic defect, but it does halt the progression.'
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Title Annotation:epidermolysis bullosa
Publication:Science News
Date:May 17, 1986
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