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Plant Stem Cells: An Emerging Technology

By: Silvia Hickman
Posted: May 1, 2014, from the May 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Plant Stem Cells: An Emerging Technology

Although people are living longer lives, it’s clear that most are not happy with the effects of aging. Aging is inevitable and, even though clients can’t stop the clock, they can slow down the signs of aging by eating the right foods, exercising and taking care of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

With aging, skin becomes thinner and dryer, age spots and wrinkles appear, elasticity is lost as collagen production declines, and skin’s overall appearance is more dull—lacking youthful vibrancy. And although there are many tools available to help the fight against aging, science has recently zeroed in on an incredibly powerful anti-aging ally: plant stem cells.

According to the research report Global Cosmeceuticals Market Outlook 2016 from business consultancy company RNCOS, plant stem cell technology is expected to propel the global cosmeceutical market forward at a rate of 7.7% during 2012–2016.

Driving force

Why is there so much interest in plant stem cell technology? The answer may lie in the simple fact that it removes the ethical dilemma plaguing the scientific community. Plant stem cells allow the opportunity to harness the power of stem cells without the controversy that surrounds human stem cell harvesting.

Stem cells are some of the most important cells in the human body. They are biological cells that have the potential to regenerate tissue over a lifetime. They are unprogrammed; found in all multicellular organisms; can divide and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types with specific functions; and can self-renew to produce more stem cells.