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Scar-free healing with zebrafish

The world’s first science programme, to identify the genes that cause scarring, has been launched in the UK and focuses on a zebrafish model.

The £1.5 million five-year project, funded by the Scar Free Foundation - a medical research charity - will be led by the University of Bristol, UK.

Dr Beck Richardson, told the BBC: “Live imaging studies in translucent zebrafish will allow us to see how changes to these genes affects certain cells involved in scarring and gives us an experimental window to watch scars being formed and to identify ways to stop this."

The Scar Free Foundation Programme of Wound Healing Research will combine large-scale population health data, with the zebrafish studies.

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