University of Wollongong and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterial Science researchers have found seaweed molecules can help heal wounds.

The scientists worked in collaboration with Venus Shell Systems to show the ‘magic molecules’ resemble those found in the human healing system.

The bioprinting process involves the use of materials or inks made from biological sources, such as seaweed gels and human skin cells.

The formulation of ingredients can then be used to create structures that can grow tissue in the desired place or shape.

For now, the molecules will be used for the skin regeneration of shallow wounds, but centre director Prof. Gordon Wallace and his team hope to create full-depth regeneration needed for severe burns.

“We plan to reach that goal in the next 3 to 4 years,” Prof. Wallace said.