April 06, 2020

Researchers use enzyme to keep cells from aging

WASHINGTON — Texas researchers say they may have found the “cellular fountain of youth,” an enzyme that in laboratory experiments causes human cells to avoid the normal process of aging and cell death.

The finding by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas won’t make people any younger or allow them to live forever but scientists said it could conceivably keep them healthier longer.

“This process may increase the normal health span, but not the normal life span,” said Dr. Jerry Shay of the University of Texas, the lead researcher. “We’re not saying that this will give people something to make them live longer.”

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