Ageing reversed as scientists discover how to turn clock back in mammals
Date published: 23rd December 2013
Harvard researchers managed to turn the clock back for mice by helping their cellular DNA communicate more efficiently.
After just one week of restoring this communication scientists found two-year-old mice now had the body tissue of a six-month-old.
"In human years, this would be like a 60-year-old converting to a 20-year-old in these specific areas,” said Professor David Sinclair, an expert in genetics at Harvard Medical School.
Researchers discovered that the nuclear DNA – found in the nucleus of a cell – and the Mitochondrial DNA – found in other parts of the cell – stop communicating as we age.