Synthetic Skin

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Photo: Roger Wright/Getty Images; Illustration: Rob Magiera

Scott Burdette, all of nine years old, wanted to see what fire would do to a can of spray paint. When the can exploded, the left side of his body was covered with flaming paint.

He was flown by helicopter to the Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.), where his burned skin was replaced with a new covering of skin that quickly relieved his pain. He left the hospital eight days later and was back in school three weeks after the accident. Today, two years later, a casual observer would never know Scott had been burned.

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