One extremely promising and emerging field of research is nano-biotechnology. Nano-biotechnology could potentially be an extremely powerful tool in our quest for a longer, healthier life. Senescent cells are known to be essential in multiple aging processes. Getting rid of these problem cells is, therefore, something we could do to potentially increase our healthy lifespan,…

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Cancer Therapeutics CRC have developed a new type of drug that harnesses cellular senescence as a weapon against cancer [1]. Study abstract Acetylation of histones by lysine acetyltransferases (KATs) is essential for chromatin organization and function. Among the genes coding…

This is 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. Today, we will be looking at the hallmark of cellular senescence. What are senescent…

Today we are pleased to announce that UNITY Biotechnology is going into human clinical trials with the first true rejuvenation therapy that directly targets one of the processes of aging: senescent cells. The quiet revolution In our collective imagination, revolutions start with a bang; however, more often than not, real-life technological revolutions start quietly and…

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,…

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