First, lab-grown reptile skin — next, mutant ninja turtles?

Scientists have engineered reptile skin in the lab, the first time such a feat has been achieved for a non-mammal species. From the reconstructed tissue, which belongs to the endangered green turtle, the scientists grew a virus with hopes to better understand and fight the disease.

The ChHV5 virus is associated with tumors and damages the immune system in green turtles.

“It is the most important infectious disease affecting these turtles globally and we have good evidence that, when the severity of the tumors reach a certain stage of severity, animals become immunosuppressed, waste away, and die, Theirry Work, a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey and the lead author of the study, told Digital Trends.


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