• Terrence Aym
During the last decade age researchers have made one breakthrough after another and many now see some of the current generation of babies reaching 150 years old. Eradication of some diseases and new understanding of such traditional killers as heart disease, cancer and diabetes has led many scientists to predict greater longevity. They also point to the promise of gene therapy including stem cell research. Genetic breakthroughs, accelerated by the human genome mapping project, are making remarkable headway towards understanding the mechanisms that cause aging and how to greatly slow the breakdown of cellular replication of the DNA helix. The eventual errors in replication and shortening of the DNA strand seems to be some of the core reasons that precipitate aging.
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