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The founders of OmegaGenesis are betting that nanoparticles of so-called "rare earth elements" can promote angiogenesis-the growth of new blood vessels from existing ones-and so enable wound healing and hair re-growth. The company's plans center on europium, one of the rare earths found in the Earth's crust. At nano-scale, the compound exists in the form of tubes or rods, and laboratory tests indicate that putting these nanotubes into endothelial cells induces new capillaries to sprout forth.
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