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80 Percent of Patient's Skin Replaced With Genetically-Modified Grafts

15:53 EST 8 Nov 2017 | Discover Magazine

Doctors have replaced the majority of a patient's damaged skin using genetically-modified grafts. In 2015, a seven-year-old boy was admitted to a German hospital with lesions and blisters across nearly his entire body. He suffered from a rare genetic condition called junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) that prevents the epidermis, the outermost layer of our skin, from properly attaching to the underlying base. It results in extremely fragile skin prone to breaking and tearing, and pati

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