Sci­en­tists iden­tify ‘foun­tain of youth’ gene

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

LON­DON: Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied a “foun­tain of youth” gene. It quick­ened the heal­ing of wounds in mice and sped up re­growth af­ter fur was shaved.

The gene, Lin28a, is highly ac­tive in the womb, but does less and less as a per­son ages.

The Har­vard Med­i­cal School scien- tists hope that ac­ti­vat­ing it in adults could ac­cel­er­ate the heal­ing of wounds af­ter op­er­a­tions.

Re­searcher Ge­orge Da­ley said: “Lin28a could be part of a heal­ing cock­tail that gives adults the su­pe­rior tis­sue re­pair seen in ju­ve­nile an­i­mals.” – Daily Mail

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