Scientists say the "thread" made of human skin that could be used in various medical procedures, such as sewing surgical incisions and repairing organs.
Rope-shaped "human tissue" develops from skin cells and would have the ability to "truly integrate into the host's body," according to researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France, CNN reported.
"This new strategy promises a next generation of medical textiles that will be mechanically strong without any foreign scaffolding," they reported in the magazine. Biomaterialia Acta.
"This material can be used as a simple suture to close a wound or it can be assembled into completely biological human tissue," they noted.
The researchers said that unlike the synthetic material currently used in most surgeries, this thread would not pose any risk of causing a reaction in the patients' bodies, CNN reported.