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Will 3D printed human skin make animal testing for cosmetics obsolete?

“Away from the Flock” Damien Hirst, 1994 It may sound like science fiction but the beauty industry is experiencing a makeover and for the first time it’s not at the expense of animals Back in 2015, L’Oréal announced that it was experimenting with printing human skin tissue on which to test its cosmetics. The French beauty giant – which owns Lancôme, Maybelline, and The Body Shop, among many others – was the first beauty conglomerate to announce such intentions. The same year, L’Oréal partnered with Organovo , a San Diego-based start-up that designs and creates functional human tissues using bioprinting technology. These 3D printed tissues, which Bloomberg predicts could be a reality by 2020, mimic the form and function of native tissue in the body and testing on them could signal a revolution in the world of cosmetic testing. ‘‘What was once a plot for a science fiction novel […]

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