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Scientists working on 'eternal youth'

Scientists working on 'eternal youth'
30th November 2010

Organs in the body could be revived using drugs which would dramatically improve life expectancy, according to new research.

Scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston reversed tissue degeneration in mice by switching on a certain enzyme which prevents molecular aging.

The drugs, which are also being developed for human use, would keep individuals looking young, healthy and alert.

Lead researcher Dr Ronald DePinho said: "This unprecedented reversal of age-related decline in the central nervous system and other organs vital to adult mammalian health justifies exploration of telomere rejuvenation strategies for age-associated diseases."

Meanwhile, a rise in life expectancy, which could increase the number of older people wanting to find a care home, is sparking fears among pension companies.

Women currently aged 65 will live for a further 0.8 years, it is projected, until the average age of 90, whereas men of the same age will now live 0.4 extra years until 87.5.

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