Scar-Free Healing Mice Offer Clues To Human Skin Repair

September 27, 2012

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

African spiny mice (genus Acomys) have brittle skin, which tears off in continuous sheets, like human skin, in order to escape predators. Some of them lose as much as 60% of the skin from their backs, which then heals rapidly, regrowing hair instead of scarring.

Scientists want to figure out how this healing takes place and if it could apply to treatments for people. The study, published in Nature, says the unusual healing of these mice could offer clues to healing wounds without scarring.

Read more: Mice Study Aids In Human Skin Repair – Health News – redOrbit

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