Dec 15, 2016

Cellular Reprogramming Has Been Used to Reverse Ageing in Living Animals for the First Time

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For the first time, scientists have used cellular reprogramming to reverse the ageing process in living animals, enabling mice with a form of premature ageing to live 30 percent longer than control animals.

The technique involves the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which lets scientists reprogram skin cells to a base, embryonic-like state. From there, iPSCs can develop into other types of cells in the body – and now researchers have shown that reprogramming cells can also rejuvenate living creatures, in addition to winding back cells.

“In other studies scientists have completely reprogrammed cells all the way back to a stem-cell-like state,” says researcher Pradeep Reddy from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

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