"Longevity gene" could lead to degenerative disease treatments

A protein associated with the aging process could also help prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to a study published in the journal Cell Reports. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley discovered that injecting the protein SIRT3 into blood stem cells helped revive the cells back to a more youthful state. "This opens the door to potential treatments for age-related degenerative diseases ... the question is whether we can understand the process well enough so that we can actually develop a molecular fountain of youth," said the study's lead author, Danica Chen.

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