Regardless of your stance on circumcision, some people choose to have it done, and that isn't a debate I'm interesting in getting into for the billionth time. But what I do want to talk about is where those foreskins go.
Unlike a lot of things, they're generally not tossed out with medical waste, and sometimes you even sign a release form for the selling of the skin when you consent to the circumcision (and you read the paper before you signed it so you know that, right?).
So, where exactly do these foreskins go?
First, you have to understand why they're used at all. Like embryonic stem cells, not all cells are fully "dedicated" or haven't fully developed their identifying proteins, meaning they haven't quite decided for good what they want to be when they grow up and therefore are much more versatile. This means that they can be used to help cultivate skin and skin byproducts (like collagen) with very little chance of rejection.
So with those foreskins, or more accurately, the fibroblasts from the cells of the foreskin, collagen can be lab-created, and where do you put collagen? On your face! Penis wrinkle cream, anyone? Oprah's beloved SkinMedica product? Yup! Foreskins! One foreskin can be used for decades to grow thousands of fibroblasts.
Another use for foreskins is to create bio-skin grafts for burn victims and ulcers and other large-area open wound sites. Apligraf and TransCyte are two well-known products that use embryonic or foreskin fibroblasts for creation of their bio-skin. One of the biggest risks for burn victims is entry of infection or stress to the body from the large open wound -- adding a temporary or even permanent real skin "band-aid" has shown amazing results in not only reducing complications and recovery time, but in even saving the lives of burn victims who otherwise had a very good likelihood of dying. It's used for open ulcers much in the same way, giving the body a live cell band-aid that it easily accepts.
A third use is cosmetic testing -- rather than using animals, a lot of companies pay thousands of dollars for one foreskin to begin replicating to perform their cosmetic tests on. Not only does this give much more accurate results since it's human skin, but it saves the lives of normally tortured animals. They also have discovered they can use "sick" skin the same way, replicating the sickness to help create formulas for specific sensitive skin types.
There's a lot of argument whether or not the whole promotion of benefits of circumcision, even proposed prophylatic benefits, is actually just a conspiracy to make money from the sales of foreskin. Arguments have also been made that that the foreskin should only be taken from still-birth infants, but again the arguments of "mutilation" and conspiracy of profit arise. But with all the amazing technology and lives saved and bodies healed from the unique cells a single foreskin can create, there's got to be a good common ground somewhere.
What do you think about foreskins being used to create bio-skin technology?
I'm ok with it.
I don't see a problem with it. Just like I don't have a problem with aborted fetuses being used for science.
Better then throwing it out for nothing. haha. I'm okay with it. Glad my sons foreskin is going to good use lol
Im proud that my sons penis is worth more than circumcised ones... bwahaha..
But really, If they aren't just throwing the skin out and have found something productive to do with it great! I really do like the "skin bad-aid" idea better than the beauty products though.
Quoting Kissy Kitty Face:
Quoting Kissy Kitty Face:
happy that it's not being wasted
my little ones didn't contribute to this, but there are people that still circ, and i'm just happy that it doesn't get trashed
I didn't know any of that. That's crazy. It's good that they're figuring out ways to do skin graphs with the foreskin. And also saving animals from animal testing. I know that babies can get infections from circumcisions, but people will keep doing them no matter what. At least they put the skin to use. It's like the cord blood.
I'm a okay with it.
i'm okay with embryonic stem cell research too. :wink:
Anyone wanna rub peen cream on their faces with me?
well thats great not the beauty products
i mean that tiny piece of skin saved a life
Quoting Crack Kills♥: