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Evidence backs transposon theory of aging

This theory of aging involves little things called transposons.

What on earth is a transposon?

According to Wikipedia, a transposon  or transposable element (TE or transposon) is a DNA sequence that can change its position within a genome.

How is it involved in aging?

The so called ‘jumping gene’ can cause havoc by inserting itself elsewhere in the genome, potentially causing life-span reducing chaos.

What are possible interventions?

Restricting calories and gene manipulation have both shown to dramatically increase life span in lab animals. Calorie restriction mimetics such as resveratrol are a potent anti aging tool for this reason.

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More evidence backs transposon theory of aging

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