Today, we wanted to bring your attention to a new review that takes an in-depth look at genomic instability, senescent cell accumulation, and its role in aging. DNA damage as a driver of aging Genomic instability, otherwise known as DNA damage, is thought by many researchers to be a primary reason why we age. Damage…

Today, we have a guest article from Dr. Marion Tible, a scientist, and author over at the aging research-focused blog Long Long Life. What follows is an introduction to the senescent cell-clearing therapies known as senolytics, these therapies are poised to enter human trials and if successful could revolutionize how we treat age-related diseases. What…

In a new study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have shown that the epigenetic alterations associated with cancer evolve in an erratic manner during the early stages of tumor formation [1]. These tumor-associated epigenetic changes ultimately focus on a subset of genes that are also observed in aging. Cancer and senescent cells…

There may be other methods than drugs to destroy senescent cells, which accumulate with age. The immune system fails as we age, and rejuvenating it may be another route to removing harmful, pro-aging senescent cells. Senescent cells and senolytics As your body ages, increasing amounts of your cells enter into a state of senescence. Senescent…

The reprogramming of cells is a well-established technique in medicine and has been for over a decade now. It allows the en masse creation of patient-matched cells and is the basis for multiple current therapies. Cellular Senescence and Cellular Reprogramming share mechanisms Induced pluripotent stem cells (also known as iPS cells or iPSCs) can be…

This is the third part of our ongoing series of articles that discuss the Hallmarks of Aging. Published in 2013, the paper divides aging into distinct categories (“hallmarks”) of damage to explain how the aging process works and how it causes age-related diseases[1]. Today, we will be looking at one of the primary hallmarks, telomere…

Today, we are going to have a look at a new study that shows that senescent, non-dividing aged cells can be somewhat restored to working order using a new technique. Before we do that, let’s take a look at what senescent cells are and how cellular senescence protects us from cancer and other harmful diseases….

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…

The link between inflammation, cellular senescence, aging, and cancer is a complex relationship, but a new study sheds light on how these four interact. The light and dark side of inflammation and cellular senescence Cellular senescence is a protective mechanism that helps us to stay healthy and avoid cancer by removing damaged and aged cells…

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