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Self-sticking skin

Disposable, lab-grown skin ...
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You want a tan? Get the self-sticking skin, 10 per package, comes in all colors. You can look green today and pink tomorrow, they also come in assorted colors! Tattoos are optional ... Why bother to get a tan and risk getting skin cancer? Why judge people because of their skin color? Why not send in your dead skin cells and the lab will grow new ones that can be sticked on every day! Like contact lenses, retinol cream, liposuction, breast implant and those little pills, we need one more "miracle" to make us feel better! Aromatherapeutic skin, how's that sound? "Skin" that has been pre-packaged to "smell" like apple cinnamon, wild musk, rain forest or someone's old sneakers! I think this is a great idea!
jennyip, Jun 19 2000

INTEGRA® Artificial Skin http://www.integral....com/bus-skin.shtml
Designed for burn victims. [egnor, Jun 19 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) Artificial Skin Research http://www.nigms.ni...rtificial_skin.html
Also discusses laboratory-grown skin cells... [egnor, Jun 19 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

better as a ball shaped pet/toy http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/fleshball
[gnormal, Jun 19 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       Lee Press-On Skin! <grin>
StarChaser, Jun 19 2000
  

       Wouldn't you have to grow the skin from your own cells (or that of your identical twin) to avoid immune rejection of the add-on? So this will be a very high-end product, at least before garage bio-tech takes off. No doubt the tabloids and society pages will be reporting on the _really_ new looks of movie stars and other celebrities rather soon...
cosma, Jun 19 2000
  

       Now I'm getting some of this!
verobay, Jul 14 2000
  

       Skin like all organic matter rott's and festers when dead you put this stuff next to your flesh you will get skin eating disease or something.
RobEC, Jul 22 2000
  

       "Skin like all organic material rott's [sic] and festers when dead..."   

       There is technology to prevent this. One word: "leather".
egnor, Jul 22 2000
  

       Hm. Now there's a body modification that I haven't seen yet.
jutta, Jul 23 2000
  

       It happens...it just doesn't generally happen ON PURPOSE. My brother knows someone who had a tattoo done, and they didn't sterilize the needle or something ....Ew.
StarChaser, Jul 23 2000
  

       i'm sure they'd be able to come up with a substance you'd rub on your person before applying the self-sticking skin to insure freshness. it'd probably come packaged in imbalming fluid anyway.
celizafinn, Oct 16 2000
  

       ///Hm. Now there's a body modification that I haven't seen yet///   

       Leather skin implants....interesting. I'm sure someone would try it. Perhaps a regular piece of leather, properly teflon-coated (or similar) on the bioactive side and with the proper growth-encouraging agents in it would actually be accepted by the person's body. Or it might be rejected. Or eaten by macrophages.   

       That gives me an idea.
Macwarrior, Nov 06 2004
  
      
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