However, about one year ago (November 2017), Italian researchers from the
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio, Epithelial Stem Cell Research Center in Veneto Eye Bank Foundation, H. SS and other institutions successfully reconstructed the skin of a 7 year old boy with JEB. Combining stem cell research with gene therapy the doctors were able to take healthy skin cells from the boy and reprogram them into stem cells. From here they created a sheet of skin cells corrected to graft onto the patient. The patient was covered with many separate grafts of the corrected skin cells and in a couple of years the body that was once covered in painful blisters had regenerated into healthy skin cells.