At The Laser Lounge Spa we recognize that millions of Americans, men and women, have a “forever young” mindset. Whether it’s through anti-wrinkle creams, fillers or working out, the market research firm Global Industry base predicts the U.S. market for anti-aging products will be more than $114 billion by 2015.
While no treatments have been proven to slow or reverse the aging process, scientists have been looking at whether or not its a possibility. Little is known about the mechanisms of the aging process in living organisms, but now scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in aging. This discovery could point toward the possibility of one day using therapeutics, even some commonly used ones, to manipulate the aging process itself.
“We believe that a previously uncharacterized developmental gene known as Spns1 may mediate the aging process,” said Shuji Kishi, a TSRI assistant professor who led the study, published recently by the journal PLOS Genetics. “Even a partial loss of Spns1 function can speed aging.”
Read more about this research in a news release sent out by TSRI