Disrupting stem cells' rhythms may lead to skin aging

10/22/2013 | Modern Medicine

The skin's stem cells protect themselves when exposed to ultraviolet light or pathogens and produce new, protective keratinocytes when not exposed to light, according to a study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell. Researchers found that disrupting skin stem cells' normal circadian rhythms disrupts this process and can lead to premature aging and cancer.

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