CURE FOR BALDING?
It is hoped that this technique could, in future, result in hair regrowth in humans.
Researchers started with human skin cells called dermal fibroblasts.
After adding three genes, they converted the cells into stem cells which have the capability to transform into any cell types in the body.
These were then converted into a cell type which is vital for hair growth.The team demonstrated that by carefully controlling the timing of the growth of cells, they could create large numbers of these stem cells.The research, published in Nature Communications, revealed that cells grew a working outer layer and hair follicles similar to those found in humans. ~DAILY MAIL
NEW ANTI-AGING TECHNIQUE FROM JAPAN
They have long been regarded as a nuisance in the garden but it seems that snails could be more friend than foe when it comes to anti-ageing.
A revolutionary new facial that involves allowing live snails to slither across the complexion has been hailed the next big thing in beauty thanks to the glow-boosting properties of snail mucus.
The mucus, which contains a mix of powerful proteins, antioxidants and hyularonic acid, is said to help skin retain moisture, soothe inflammation and remove dead skin.
During the 60-minute treatment, which is offered at the Clinical Salon in Tokyo, the face is cleansed before snails are placed on the cheeks and forehead and allowed to move around as they please.
The facial, named the Celebrity Escargot Course, costs £161 and also includes a series of facial massages, masks and the use of an electrical pulse machine.
'Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin,' Yoko Miniami, sales manager at Tokyo's Clinical Salon which offers the treatment, told the Sunday Telegraph.
The substance is also believed to help tackle sun damage, according to Ms Miniami, who said: 'We are interested in the fact that snails have a function that can help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays.'
According to Ms Miniami, the salon also uses creams infused with snail slime provided by the salon's five resident snails which are fed on organic vegetables, including carrots, spinach, Swiss chard and Japanese komatsuna greens.
Disgusting though it might sound, snail slime isn't a recent addition to the anti-ageing arsenal and was first used more than 2000 years ago.
According to records left by early doctor Hippocrates, crushed snails mixed with sour milk were used to treat skin inflammation, while more recently, products infused with mollusc slime have proved popular in Japan and South Korea.~DAILY MAIL
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