Stem Cell Research

Howard Green dies at 90; Harvard scientist developed technique for regenerating human skin

Dr. Howard Green

Dr. Howard Green, a Harvard scientist who made an accidental discovery that led to a method for regenerating human skin and saving the lives of severe burn victims, has died. He was 90.

Green's technique involved taking a patch of skin the size of a postage stamp and, under meticulously controlled laboratory conditions, growing it into a sheet the size of a desktop. Risks of rejection fell dramatically because a patient's laboratory-grown skin originated with the patient herself.

"The entire embryonic stem cell field is rooted in Green's findings," according to a statement Monday from Harvard Medical School, where he led the department of cellular and molecular...