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Scientists have come up with an idea for a cream that could potentially dissolve fat in the body.
 
The findings came about while researchers were studying baldness and found that hair follicles release chemicals that cause fat to shrink or expand.
 
The team lead by Professor Fiona Watt of King’s College, London discovered “that chemicals released by the hair alter the fat underneath” which means the production of new fat cells can be controlled. They believe the cream could be used produced to dissolve fat.
 
Professor Rodney Sinclair of University of Melbourne and Epworth Hospital dermatologist envisages  that the cream could be an alternative to liposuction or to replace lost fat lost in scar tissue.
 
Professor Sinclair said: "The specific chemicals identified in this study could be produced synthetically and used in creams for topical application to the skin to modulate growth of fat beneath the skin," 
 
However, Prof Watt believes “a potential application would be to see whether or not when this pathway is active in cancer it changes the composition of the neighbouring cells.”

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