Fountain of Youth in a Pill

Posted by Ian Cooper - Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

From Wealth Daily:

"That hasn't stopped scientists from digging for a biological cure that works as well as the fountain. Because let's face it; if discovered, it would be one of the biggest blockbusters drugs of all time — second only to a cure for cancer.

In fact earlier this week, scientists from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston actually managed to do it.

They reversed the aging process, albeit only in mice...

"These mice were equivalent to 80-year-old humans and were about to pass away," said Ronald DePinho, co-author of the paper published online in the journal Nature. After the experiment, "they were the physiological equivalent of young adults."

Key to the results was an enzyme known as telomerase, which exists as part of our cellular biology. Telomerase enzymes are sequences of nucleic acids extending from the ends of our chromosomes that act to maintain their integrity.

The problem is that as our cells continue to divide, their telomeres shorten — prompting them to stop dividing and die. These cells become senescent, leading to the eventual degeneration that is the hallmark of “growing old.” And this process begins at the ripe old age of 25.

But DePinho and his colleagues have become the first to show it is possible..."

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