3 Surprising Uses for Circumcised Foreskins

Don't throw away that foreskin -- there's money to be made with it! The parenting blog Stroller Derby has descriptions of three unconventional uses for a removed foreskin:

* Cosmetics: Foreskins are used to make high-end skin creams. The skin products contain fibroblasts grown on the foreskin and harvested from it. One foreskin can be used for decades to produce fancy face cream like the SkinMedica products hawked on Oprah.
* Skin grafts: In addition to making products for skin, a baby’s foreskin can be turned into a skin graft for a burn victim. Because the cells are extremely flexible, they’re less likely to be rejected. Currently, this technology can be lifesaving in providing a real skin “band aid” to cover an open wound while a burn victim heals. Researchers at Harvard and Tufts are working on advanced skin replacements that use human foreskins.
* Cosmetic testing: All those cruelty-free cosmetics you buy? Some of them are tested on foreskins. This yields better results, since they’re human skin. And it saves the lives of the rodents your shampoo would otherwise be tested on.

Link via Marginal Revolution | Photo via Flickr user David Lisbona used under Creative Commons license

Previously: Foreskin Man Protects Baby Boys from Circumcision

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