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Scientists in the United Kingdom for the first time in 30 years have managed to rejuvenate the skin cells of a 53-year-old woman. This information is from Estado.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge believe that with this same technique it is possible to achieve similar results in other tissues of the body to prevent and treat age-related diseases such as neurological and heart problems.
The study, published Friday (8) in the scientific journal eLife, uses the same cellular reprogramming technique used in the 1990s to create cloned sheep Dolly.
With this technology, the researchers were able to return the patient’s skin cells to the appearance and function they had at age 23.
Illustrative image of an elderly person.
The research, which is still in its early stages, promises to revolutionize regenerative medicine. “We will be able to identify specific genes that cause the cell to regenerate without being reprogrammed,” said study lead author Wolf Riek.
For now, the technique cannot be clinically tested, as it appears to increase the risk of cancer. But according to scientists, with the development of technology, it will be possible to use it to give more quality life to the elderly.