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A big, fat breakthrough

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No more wrinkles—this could actually happen. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to regenerate the fatty cells that keep the skin youthful. As London newspaper The Telegraph tells us, these cells, called adipocytes, are lost over time or when skin scars. And this loss is the reason permanent wrinkles become etched on our faces as we grow older. Using a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) released by hair follicles, the team was able to influence scar-forming cells called myofibroblasts to transform themselves into adipocytes in both mouse and human tissue. While the research, published in journal Science, focused on healing scar tissue, the implications are now huge. “Our findings can potentially move us toward a new strategy to regenerate adipocytes in wrinkled skin, which could lead us to brand new anti-ageing treatments,” says lead scientist Professor George Cotsarelis.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
March 2017