In recent years, the use of donated human tissue for a wide range of medical purposes has expanded dramatically.
One of the areas where skin tissue has used in increasing amounts is in breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer surgery. Plastic surgeons are using what are known as acellular dermal matrices to help support and augment tissues, according to the American Cancer Society.
ADMs, as they are known, are derived from skin but have had cells removed that can cause rejection or transmit diseases. Working under guidelines of the American Association of Tissue Banks and the Food and Drug Administration, GenCure, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, supplies skin tissue to companies that create ADMs.