No more eraserhead: Will blocking epigenetic erasers prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

Just like a well-folded sheet of paper, a tightly coiled segment of DNA doesn’t have much chance of being read. Our cells use this to their advantage, unspooling the genes they need at the moment with negatively charged acetyl groups, and using ‘eraser’ enzymes that remove these groups to roll up the instructions they don’t…

Research roundup: Scientists stop premature aging in its tracks, and more

Researchers from Houston Methodist Research Institute took cells from patients with progeria, a devastating condition that causes premature aging, and turned back the clock by lengthening their telomeres. Besides helping to cure a fatal disease, could these anti-aging benefits transfer to non-pathological aging? turned back the clock Men and women age differently–that’s no secret. But…

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