Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Will we be able to prolong our lifespan for ~24% using gene therapy?

Recent study has reported that gene therapy with a virus vector containing a gene for the enzyme telomerase was able to extend the life of treated adult mice up to 24%. Unlike mice treated with virus vectors with the telomerase gene, the control groups of mice (those treated with an empty vector or a GFP-containing vector) did not show such extension of the life span.
We might speculate that we will be able to use the same approach in the future to extend our life span.

Link:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120514204050.htm
Original article:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/emmm.201200245/pdf

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