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Age-defying: Master key of lifespan found in brain

发布时间:2017-09-21 06:01:36来源:未知点击:

By Douglas Heaven (Image: Roger Harris/SPL) Tick tock, tick tock… A mechanism that controls ageing, counting down to inevitable death, has been identified in the hypothalamus – a part of the brain that controls most of the basic functions of life. By manipulating this mechanism, researchers have both shortened and lengthened the lifespan of mice. The discovery reveals several new drug targets that, if not quite an elixir of youth, may at least delay the onset of age-related disease. The hypothalamus is an almond-sized puppetmaster in the brain. “It has a global effect,