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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Despise Growing Old? This Embryonic Gene May Help Fight Ageing

To battle ageing, the human body holds a reservoir of non-specialised cells that can regenerate organs. 

The fountain of youth may reside in an embryonic stem cell gene named Nanog, suggests new research that may lead to treatments for conditions due to reduced bone strength, Alzheimer's and other age-related disorders. 

In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo in New York, the gene kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old. 

"Our research into Nanog is helping us to better understand the process of ageing and ultimately how to reverse it," said the study's lead author Stelios Andreadis, Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

The findings, published in the journal Stem Cells, also showed promise in counteracting premature ageing disorders such as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. 

To battle ageing, the human body holds a reservoir of non-specialised cells that can regenerate organs. 

These cells are called adult stem cells, and they are located in every tissue of the body and respond rapidly when there is a need. 

But as people age, fewer adult stem cells perform their job well, a scenario which leads to age-related disorders. 

Reversing the effects of ageing on adult stem cells, essentially rebooting them, can help overcome this proble .. 

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