New Medical Study Uncovers Predisposition for Stretch Marks in Men and Women

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Researchers from Human Matrix Sciences and The Hospital for Sick Children discover lazy skin cells as a method to predict the formation of stretch marks.

Collaborating researchers from biotechnology company Human Matrix Sciences, LLC in California and The Hospital for Sick Children in Canada recently discovered a method for predicting if individuals will develop stretch marks as a consequence of pregnancy, severe weight gain, muscle enlargement due to weight training and disease. Dr. Thomas F. Mitts, a leading plastic surgeon and President of Human Matrix Sciences, LLC, will present the results of the groundbreaking research on Saturday, April 30, 2005, at the annual conference of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA.

Setting out to discover why some people develop stretch marks while others do not in order to develop preventative therapies, the test involved the identification of lazy skin cells—cells that do not multiply or make structurally important proteins at a normal rate compared to cells from persons with no history of stretch marks. Extensive studies showed that all individuals with stretch marks possess lazy skin cells, regardless of proximity to actual stretch marks, and that a tiny skin biopsy can be used to determine predisposition to stretch mark formation.

"Prevention is very important as current non-invasive treatments for stretch marks are fairly limited and surgery is the only effective way of removing them," said Felipe Jimenez, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development for Human Matrix Sciences, LLC.

Recent laboratory investigations produced several compounds that increase activity of lazy skin cells and are scheduled for clinical trials in the near future.

About Human Matrix Sciences, LLC

Human Matrix Sciences, LLC is a California-based company that develops novel anti-aging skincare products for the professional and retail markets under the Forticelle™ brand name (

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Mary Maddox

Vice-President of Business Development

Human Matrix Sciences, LLC

205 South West Street, Suite A

Visalia, CA 93291

Phone: 559-625-9730 / 888-248-7546

Fax: 559-625-3124

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