A new method has been used to detect aging cells and aid in rejuvenation therapies. The findings come from researchers at the University of Manchester who have not only discovered a new way to look at aging cells, but have gotten a better understanding of the cause of some diseases.
The researchers aim was to develop a universal method in assessing senescence biomedicine. The results of the study may open up new gateways to possible new rejuvenation techniques.
Professor Paul Townsend said in a press release, “The method we have developed provides unprecedented advantages over any other available senescence detection products—it is straight-forward, sensitive, specific and widely applicable, even by non-experienced users.”
What is Senescence?
Cellular senescence is how cells age and current methods to detect this process have been limited. Cellular senescence is essential for all human development and begins as early as the embryonic stage; it continues all the way through adult life. The researchers suggest making the process more precise; it could greatly benefit research and medical practice.
Townsend explained, “In addition to helping researchers make significant new breakthroughs into the causes of diseases — including cancer — through more effective understanding of senescence in cells, the new process will also aid the impact of emerging cellular rejuvenation therapies.”
Improvement in cellular senescence can allow medical professionals to repair damaged cells and tissues easier, which can contribute to an overall longer lifespan.
The findings were published in the journal Ageing Cell and have so far led to two U.K pending patents.
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