Age-related changes to the signals sent and received by our cells travelling via the bloodstream are one of the hallmarks of aging. A team of researchers, including Drs. Irina and Michael Conboy, has published the results of a new study suggesting that rejuvenation might be achieved by the calibration of these signals found in the…

In a new study, researchers have found that the zinc-finger transcription factor Slug is responsible for repressing p16Ink4a, a compound that promotes senescence in human tissue. The researchers suggest that Slug is worth exploring as a treatment for sarcopenia [1]. Satellite cells Satellite cells are specialized stem cells that form new muscle cells when the…

Today, we conclude our ongoing series discussing the Hallmarks of Aging [1] by looking at the hallmark of altered intercellular communication, the change in signals between cells that can lead to some of the diseases and disabilities of aging. As an integrative hallmark, altered intercellular communication is caused by other hallmarks of aging. As a…

For the August Journal Club, we took a look at a new paper that shows inhibiting TGFβ can boost liver regeneration [1]. We also discussed another related paper from 2015 by Conboy et al. which showed regeneration in aged mice was possible if TGFβ was inhibited [2]. Taken together, the two papers both confirm that systemic…

There has been a lot of hope and hype around blood transfusions and it being able to reverse aging recently. We decided to take a look at the science behind the idea and talk with a leading expert in the field to see what the reality was. Is blood the key to aging? Due to a…

We have been talking about a number of new studies in past Journal Clubs, so we thought it was time to get into some aging theory. We chose to cover one of the most cited and highly regarded damage theories of aging in this edition of the club. In this edition of Journal Club, we…

The next Journal Club will be on October 31st at 13:00 EST/18:00 UK and will be streamed live from the Cooper Union, New York, to our Facebook page. The last episode we talked about the hallmarks of aging, a popular aging theory that places the various aging processes into of a number of damage categories (hallmarks) and proposes solutions…

We have been talking about a number of new studies in past Journal Clubs, so we thought it was time to get into some aging theory. We chose to cover one of the most cited and highly regarded damage theories of aging in this edition of the club. In this edition of Journal Club we…

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