New Study Brings Hope For Skin Regeneration
Transforming one type of cell into another type is now possible. Cells taken from the thymus have successfully been transformed into skin cells, a discovery that will have important remifications in the field of organ regenration.
According to a recent study, these cells changed their genetic make-up according to their environment to contribute to the long-term functioning of the skin. They even produced hair for up to a year after implantation.
While in the thymus, these cells teach T-cells to recognize and kill bacteria and cancer cells, which is a key component to the immune system. The results of the experiment show that these cells have the ability to express genetic markers unlike their original make-up, when placed in different microenvironments.
The thymic cells have proven effective for up to a year to grow hair and skin while the real hair follicle cells have only worked for about a 3 week period.
This could theoretically have been done with other organs as well, so that these findings create new opportunities in the field of organ transplantation and regeneration (for severe burn victims for eg.).
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