Scientists Discover The Fountain Of Youth For Mice. Now, What About Us?

Scientists Discover The Fountain Of Youth For Mice. Now, What About Us?

Researchers turn back the clock for a group of lab mice, regenerating their organs and restoring brain function.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 29 november 2010

A team of scientists at Harvard University have reversed the aging process in lab mice, repairing organ damage and regenerating neurons in their brains.

The researchers bred a group of mice without a key enzyme called telomerase, which slows the degeneration of certain chromosomal caps called telomeres. The shrinking of these caps is directly linked to the deterioration associated with aging. Without this enzyme these mice aged startlingly quickly, but when the telomerase was reintroduced into their systems it caused a drastic restoration of the vitality of their bodies and their brains.

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