Scientists May Have Found a Way to Reverse Aging

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Daily Intelligencer Published: Dec. 16, 2016, by Lisa Ryan
Some of us embrace aging as an unavoidable yet wonderful and exciting facet of life, while others have an anxiety attack every time we see a new grey hair sprouting from our heads. But those in the latter group can finally relax, as scientists now believe that the aging process can be reversed.

A recent study published in the journal Cell found that a new type of gene therapy seemed to have reversed the aging process in mice. As The Guardian reports, scientists from the Salk Institute targeted four genes in the mice that turn skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. After six weeks of treatment, the mice not only looked younger, but also had straighter spines and improved cardiovascular health. The animals also lived 30 percent longer and healed faster when injured.