RedNova reports on one part of the slow expansion of aging research in larger institutions - the opening of a new biogerontology laboratory at Newcastle University in the UK. "Better understanding of ageing is essential if we are to address the challenges of age-related disability and disease and improve the quality of life for older people. Our research focuses on the mechanisms of ageing and why damage to key molecules such as DNA and proteins leads to chronic disorders in later life." Knowledge is power in medical research - the more we have, the better our lives will be. Newcastle Institute for Ageing and Health researchers have already made important contributions to our understanding of the aging process; we hope to see more of that in the future.