Scientists Find Fountain of Youth ... in Mice
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Massachusetts: Researchers at Harvard Medical School have reversed the aging process in mice.
After scientists increased telomerase levels in weak and feeble old mice, the rodents' organs began to rejuvenate and they became healthy.
"These mice were equivalent to 80-year-old humans and were about to pass away," said Ronald DePinho, a scientist from Boston. After the experiment, "they were the physiological equivalent of young adults."
This stunning feat may help regenerate organs in elderly humans.
Telomerase is an enzyme that makes
small units of DNA to seal the
tips of chromosomes. This DNA
"cap" prevents chromosomes
from fraying and genes from
unraveling. When scientists
increased levels of telomerase
in the mice, their organs began
to rejuvenate and the animals
regained their fertility.
Read the study: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101128/full/news.2010.635.htm\
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