Japanese scientist have created bioengineered skin that is almost as real as skin can get. This skin contains hair, glands and even nerves. The researchers mention two practical applications of their invention: better treatment of burn victims and as an alternative for animal testing.
Though both applications are equally important, it shows that tissue engineering is an important tool on the way to complete abolition of the evil of animal testing and other types of animal abuse. Earlier we discussed in vitro meat and in vitro leather as application of tissue engineering to end animal abuse.
A more speculative use of this scientific breakthrough, but in line with “in vitro leather”, would be lab grown fur coats. These would have two advantages: first of all, no animal suffering and secondly, coats could be grown into the right shape.