Research roundup: Untangling ApoE4, and more

It’s been known for ages that individuals with two ApoE4 alleles were virtually destined to develop Alzheimer’s, but its link with the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein amyloid-beta was obscure, and it wasn’t clear what ApoE really did in the brain. Now researchers think that the culprit is the inflammatory response it triggers in the presence of…

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…

Autophagy: Young and hungry

Ever been so hungry you thought you might start gnawing on your own body? Your cells certainly have no qualms with it. Right now, millions of them are carving out chunks of themselves to munch on, membranous arms reaching inward to snatch detritus and gobble it up bit by bit. Don’t judge them too harshly–degrading…

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