Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

…in mice.  This could be huge. On the other hand, let’s see the peer reviewed articles. Remember “resveratrol”?

Scientists at the University of B.C. searching for ways to slow the deterioration of blood vessels may have stumbled on to the key to youthful skin.

While exploring the effects of the protein-degrading enzyme Granzyme B on blood vessels during heart attacks, professor David Granville couldn’t help noticing that mice engineered to lack the enzyme had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment, while normal mice showed signs of age.

Source: UBC researchers may have stumbled upon the secret to youthful skin

I believe it’s already known that avoiding sunlight helps prevent this enzyme from being released, and in turn keeps skin looking younger. This is just artificially lowering it even further in an attempt to to create immortal, sunlight-fearing vampires.  But it could really help burn victims…

Usually most aging-preventing discoveries cause cancer. Tumour cells (for solid tumours) normally have defects in extra-cellular matrix related genes (genes in the collagen family are sometimes mutated in advanced gastric cancer) that help the tumour invade and spread through tissues.  For example, the p21 knockout mice that gained almost salamander-like regeneration also gained a high tumor rate. The idea that processes in your body involving the stopping of growth and areas dying off are things that help prevent cancer from forming or growing makes sense…