Scientists have been able to use a single treatment of gene therapy to extend the life of a mouse.
The research is a first in longevity research as it both works on mammals and can be applied without requiring manipulation of the genes at the embryonic stage. The method involves inducing cells to express telomerase, an enzyme that can slow down the biological clock.
The treatment not only extends lifespan but also results in a significant reduction in age-related ailments such as osteoporosis. While not yet ready for use in humans, the research indicates that the treatment is safe and feasible as a potential future treatment to slow down the aging process.
"A new study consisting of inducing cells to express telomerase, the enzyme which -- metaphorically -- slows down the biological clock -- was successful."
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