Wednesday, June 29, 2011
New FDA-approved cell therapy to treat wrinkles
Yes, something life altering has come from years of stem cell research. Nope, it is not the cure for cancer or diabetes. It is something even more ground-breaking: a cure for wrinkles! Last week, the FDA approved the use of cell therapy using blood stem cells to help smooth wrinkles and fine lines. This treatment, called laViv, uses fibroblasts from behind a person's ear, multiplies them in cell culture, and then injects them into his or her wrinkles. Development of this treatment was delayed by lack of funding. Could it be that the individuals interested in backing stem cell research and product development were more interested in funding projects related to cell therapy for cancers than for cosmetic problems?