Breakthroughs in Aging – CNN Video
Harvard scientists partially reverse aging in mice by altering an enzyme that prevents the break down of chromosomes.
I was watching CNN while watching breakfast this morning when this intreguing story about the reversal of aging in a rat study at Harvard came on the air. Elizebeth Cohen, one of their medical correspondents interviews the scientist and the study sounds encouraging.
Telomeres are an important portion of our genetic material which many scientitists believe is involved in the aging process. Its fairly straight forward — telemeres deteriorate in people and their is a corresponding decline in the ablity of cells to replicate without erorrs.
The scientiists according to Wired "tweaked" (I'm not sure what that means) the rat's telemeres so that the result was that they actually became more youthful. In the other accounts of the study, I found that the tweaking was done with enzymes.
I find the study encouraging as at age 62, my telemeres seem to be fading at what seems like an ever faster rate.