Discovery Of How To Switch Off Ageing Process In Worms Could Lead To Mechanism Being Delayed In Humans

Scientists have discovered how to switch off the ageing process in worms – which could eventually lead to the mechanism being delayed in humans. The study of worms showed adult cells abruptly begin their downhill slide when they reach reproductive maturity. A genetic switch then allows ageing to begin by ‘turning off’ certain processes which protect cells within the body. The finding is significant because humans have the same genetic switch – and means eventually it may be possible to delay ageing and certain degenerative diseases. Genetic switches then start the ageing process by turning off cell stress responses that protect cells by keeping important proteins folded and functional.

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