Monday, November 21, 2005

Life Extension Breakthrough

Gerontologists at the Univerity of Southern California have discovered a method to extend the life span of certain organisms by six times its normal length. The method involved blocking two key genes from yeast cells that are resonsible for converting nutrients into energy and then utilizing that energy for growth and reproduction. Apparently this switches an organism into a type of survival mode where growth and aging are suspended until further nutrients become available. The genetic manipulation of mice and humans cells is now taking place and similar results are being produced.

Geneticists claim ageing breakthrough but immortality will have to wait


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