The woman’s skin cells were rejuvenated for more than 30 years


The skin cells of a 53-year-old woman have been rejuvenated in a laboratory. Some of the cells were made to match the skin cells of a woman about 23 years old.

Skin rejuvenation is based on new techniques tested on stem cells, reports the University of Cambridge Researchers at the Babraham Institute.

Rejuvenated cells could first be used to treat skin diseases.

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Sometimes new cells could perhaps treat different diseases in the elderly. These include diabetes, heart disease, and nervous system disorders.

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Researchers do not aim for eternal youth in experiments.

Investigator Diljeet Gill and colleagues took advantage of a technique that could restore ordinary cells to stem cells but adjusted it so that it could rejuvenate aged skin cells.

Rejuvenated cells produced more collagen, which gives the skin firmness. It is very typical of young cells.

In skin cells, collagen keeps cellular tissues in order and helps treat wounds, says the website Science Alert.

From the genes in the cell, it could be confirmed that the age of the skin cells could actually be restored three decades back.

For example, when rejuvenated cells were placed in an artificial wound, they healed the wound faster than older cells.

The key is to make sure that the cells are completely safe to change before you go to the laboratory for experiments on humans.

Gill believes, however, that the technology may one day treat skin conditions and various skin injuries such as burns and ulcers.

“The question now is whether the technology will work in other cell types as well, such as other tissues such as muscle, liver and blood cells,” Gill ponders.

The study was published scientific journal eLife.


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