Yes, it’s for real. The Indian institute of technology has been able to print for the first time 3D skin. The model has been made using a 3 D printer and it mimics the exact structure and function of the human skin. This could come in handy to test bio active molecules, various drugs and cosmetics. Finally no more animal testing!
In the past scientists have been trying to develop human skin from collagen gel on porus scaffold. However, they have been unsuccessful. The current breakthrough has been achieved by preparing a bionic and mixing it with silk protein and gelatine
Each skin construct contained well layered dermis and epidermis. When cultured in nutrient broths the tissue thrived up to 3 weeks. It also exhibited the undulating feature found at the junction of the epidermis and dermis. In addition keratinocytes were in abundance.