By Dr. Bob McCauley
A university professor in Chile has developed a green-colored artificial skin from algae that can actually breathe.
Artificial skin has no blood vessels so the it cannot produce the oxygen, which is desperately it needs to live. However, when micro-algae such as Chlorella is mixed with the artificial skin it allows it to breathe by way of photosynthesis. Beyond the cosmetic improvement to the artificial skin offers, algae will also help heal any damaged natural skin.
Professor Egana says the green-colored skin could eventually be used to help patients treat open wounds, tumors and possibly avoid amputations. With animal testing a proven success human trials are soon to follow.