Boosting lifespan by editing genes

Editing genes

Scientists have found a way to extend life by decades – switch off certain genes.

In the 10 year study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, scientists identified 238 specific genes responsible for ageing that, when removed, significantly extended the life span of yeast cells in the laboratory.

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington believe this genetic editing could be replicated in humans as many of the genes and genetic pathways involved can also be found in higher life forms.

In effect, it could see people living longer if certain genes are removed or switched off.

The scientists said that single gene deletions could increase lifespans by 60 per cent.



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