Friday, March 25, 2005

Wrinkles could be less than skin deep

New Scientist Breaking News - Wrinkles could be less than skin deep

Finally, an important news story for Me! They'd better get busy is all I have to say.

It is not just our bodies that become stiff in old age. Skin cells also appear to become more rigid. The discovery might just lead to new ways to rejuvenate skin.

Ok so fine! Where's the part about eliminating wrinkles?
"What we have discovered is that the epithelial cells themselves become more rigid with age," ......

When the researchers measured rigidity by poking human epithelial cells grown in a dish with the tip of an atomic force microscope, they found that after many generations of cell division, cells were two to 10 times as stiff as "younger" cells. They think the increased rigidity is due to the cells' cytoskeleton - the internal scaffolding of protein fibres - becoming more dense.

Yeah, yeah. Where's the part about what to do about the increased rigidity?

The team is already testing skin creams containing low doses of these compounds on mice, and expects results in a few months.

Get 'er done!

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