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Genetics

14 June 2011

Protein linked to progeria

The same mechanism that causes children with a rare genetic disease called progeria to age at seven times the normal rate may play a role in normal aging as well.

The same mechanism that causes children with a rare genetic disease called progeria to age at seven times the normal rate may play a role in normal ageing as well, US government researchers said.

"I think a lot of people in the past have assumed that the ageing of cells and of individuals was just a matter of everything running down," said Dr Collins.

 

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