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Friday, 26 August 2005 12:39
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Ageing gene discovery may improve quality of life for elderly
Researchers from the University of Texas have discovered an ageing gene that can be manipulated to make mice live 30 per cent longer than normal.

Humans have a very similar version of the gene and the scientists hope they will soon be able to use the discovery to improve quality of life in our declining years.

People with defective versions of the Klotho gene are known to age early and researchers found that by boosting the gene’s activity, they were able to help mice live for three years instead of two.

"It could be one of the significant steps for developing anti-ageing therapy," Dr Makoto Kuro-o told Science magazine.

Klotho is important to the ageing process because it delays the effects of growing old, such as the weakening of bones and the clogging of arteries.


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