Progeria Reversible?

The NIH reports that "Using specially modified segments of DNA, NCI researchers Paola Scaffidi, PhD, and Tom Misteli, PhD, reversed the abnormalities seen in [Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome] HGPS cells by correcting defects associated with the key protein, lamin A. By demonstrating that HGPS cellular characteristics are reversible, this [study] brings scientists one step closer to understanding this devastating childhood disease and might provide insights into the normal aging process." Research into Progeria and other accelerated aging syndromes is shedding light on the processes of normal aging, but this latest work - while certainly good news for Progeria sufferers - does not have any direct impact on healthy life extension research. Yet.


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