Discovery could reverse ageing, fight cancer

  • 23/09/2014

In today's science chat, we look at some new space suits for astronauts and a superglue made from mussels.

But first, have scientists really found a way to reverse the ageing process?

AUT applied science professor Steve Pointing says the answer is still no, but scientists are getting closer.

Researchers in San Diego have found ageing telomeres, which stop genetic material from degrading during cell replication, can be rebuilt using enzymes.

The discovery could help in the fight against cancer too – cancerous cells' telomeres don't degrade, so if the enzyme can be turned off, the cancer could be stopped in its tracks.

Watch the video for the full chat with AUT's Steve Pointing.

source: newshub archive


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