Collagen breakthrough made

RESEARCHER Oded Shoseyov of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has figured out how to get tobacco plants to produce a human-like collagen.

Collagen is the main protein in skin, tendons, cartilage, bone and connective tissue. It typically declines during the normal aging process, allowing cheeks to sag and wrinkles to set it.

These findings, published in the journal Biomacromolecules, will surprise those obsessed with beauty, as smoking is known to age your skin.

Now, it seems, a new technique could see a new synthetic collagen used cosmetically.

Noa Lapido, assistant vice president of CollPlant, the company handling the patents coming from Shoseyov’s lab said: “It is very similar to human collagen and, as it has not come in contact with any animals, it is much better and much safer than other collagens.”

Cosmetic uses of the new collagen are currently unlikely, Lapido said, as the price is several thousand times more expensive than other options.

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