(CNN) — Scientists at the University of California San Diego may be one step closer to being able to delay the aging process.
Scientists at the University of California San Diego may be one step closer to being able to delay the aging process.
A team of scientists studied aging in yeast — chosen because its cells are easily manipulated — to try and understand if different cells age at the same rate, and for the same reason.
What they found was intriguing. Even cells made of the same genetic materials and within the same environment aged in “strikingly distinct ways,” according to the scientists, who published their findings in the journal Science.
Scientists said that they plan to test their model in complex cells, organisms, and eventually, humans, as well as testing how combinations of therapeutics and drugs could lead to further longevity.
“Aging is a fundamental biological question. We know very little about the aging process,” Hao told CNN. When it comes to medical relevance, he said, “aging is related to many diseases so if we can help slow aging or promote longevity, it will be beneficial for society.” — Amy Woodyatt, CNN/@CNN