Deleting genes can increase life span,researchers says.
|source:- dna news|
Researchers have identified 238 genes linked to ageing and found that switching them off extends life in yeast cells, an advance that provides new genomic targets which could be used to boost human lifespan.
Many of the genes are present in mammals, including humans, suggesting that switching them off could dramatically increase lifespan.
The researchers hope that, ultimately, these efforts will produce new therapies. "Almost half of the genes we found that affect ageing are conserved in mammals," said Kennedy.
"In theory, any of these factors could be therapeutic targets to extend health span. What we have to do now is figure out which ones are amenable to targeting," he said.
news source:- dna news.