Today, we have an interview with Dr. Vera Gorbunova, who talks about the current understanding of the mechanisms of longevity and genomic stability in exceptionally long-lived mammals and how this knowledge might be used to create therapies to extend healthy human lifespan. Dr. Vera Gorbunova is an endowed Professor of Biology at the University of…

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…

The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, producing ATP, a kind of universal energy used in cellular functions. Mitochondrial dysfunction is an important part of the aging process. As cells age, the effectiveness of the respiratory chain diminishes, increasing electron leakage and reducing ATP generation [1]. As mitochondria become more dysfunctional with age, there…

Welcome to part two of a two-part series exploring NAD+ biology; you can find part one here. There are already a myriad of excellent reviews on NAD+ biology in general [1-3], so, in this article, we will be mainly focusing on the NAD+ precursor nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). NMN and synthesis of NAD+ NMN can be…

This is part one of a two-part article where we take a look at NAD+ biology, its history, how it relates to the biology of aging, and the potential for therapeutic interventions via the so-called NAD+ precursors. What is NAD+? Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme found in all living cells. It is a…

Novel therapeutic approaches may often require quite a bit of lateral thinking, as researchers at the Salk Institute have recently shown in a study presenting a novel method to interfere with cancer growth. The problem with cancer In a nutshell, the reason cancer is such an insidious enemy is that its cells divide uncontrollably, leading…

Researchers have demonstrated how alcohol damages mouse stem cell DNA in a new study, helping to explain why drinking can increase cancer risk[1]. The study was published in the journal Nature on January 3. There have been multiple cell culture studies looking at how alcohol promotes cancer, but this study used mice to show how…

Today, we take a look at three key emerging technologies that might add extra healthy years to your life by addressing the aging processes directly to prevent or delay age-related diseases. Senolytics – Removing aged dysfunctional cells to promote tissue regeneration As we age, increasing amounts of our cells enter into a state known as…

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…

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