Genetic clues in mammals could unlock secret to anti-aging

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(Credit: Milos Andera, via Boston Globe.)

Although scientists have made much progress in anti-aging research in recent decades, many questions still remain about how to best combat the effects that come with getting older. Now, a genetics researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital would like to take a step back and ask: what do we really know about aging?

“It remains completely unanswered,” said Vadim Gladyshev, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Gladyshev thinks that broader questions about aging remain unanswered. Researchers have delved deeply into specific and powerful cellular processes that appear to be involved in aging without fully understanding how or if they’re connected to the phenomenon of a young organism becoming an old one.

So Gladyshev came up with a new way to probe aging. Instead of looking for clues by studying longer- and shorter-lived individuals of a particular species, why not look at the diversity of an entire class of organisms?

Read the full, original story here: Long-lived mammals may hold clues about how to reverse aging

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