The gene, Lin28a, is being dubbed the “Wolverine” or “Fountain of Youth” gene. It’s usually only produced in developing embryos, but when switched on in adult mice it causes them to grow hair faster and repair bone, cartilage, skin and other soft tissues almost completely. Lin28a works by boosting metabolism in mitochondria, a discovery that could lead to regenerative treatments in humans.
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