Chris Mooney discusses the background and possible benefits of recent research into progeria at Sage Crossroads. Insight into this rare and terrible condition of accelerated aging could lead to better understanding of (and therapies for) the normal aging process. As Chris Mooney and others point out, this has happened numerous times before: research into a rare condition leads to progress in the fight against common conditions that share the root genetic causes. This progress translates to treatments and therapies that can help millions of suffers. So full steam ahead on progeria research!