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Berkeley study may lead to ‘molecular fountain of youth’

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When blood-generating stem cells lose their potency as humans age, disease factors increase. But that can be reversed using a gene linked to  to the aging process.

That’s what a study at the University of California at Berkeley shows, at least in mice. Scientists found that SIRT3, a protein which has previously been linked to aging, could actually aid in reversing the natural process.

This opens the door to possible therapies to treat age-related degenerative diseases. More work needs to be done, say the scientists, however understanding the process could lead to developing a “molecular fountain of youth.”

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