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Yeast research increase life span

Humans Could Live to be 800 Years Old

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According to an announcement from PLoS Genetics, a team of Geneticists at the University of Southern California may have found a way to extend human life by 800 years and the dramatic discovery is already being studied in people in Ecuador.

The scientists managed to extend the lifespan of yeast bacteria tenfold and it is believed that the same process could be applied to humans by altering two genes and reducing calorie intake.  The two genes, RAS2 and SCH9, are responsible for aging in yeast and the creation of cancer in humans.

Baker’s yeast is a popular medium for geneticists to use based on its simplicity at the molecular and genetic level.  Research utilizing baker’s yeast has already led to the discovery of some of the most important genes regulating disease and aging in mice and other mammals.

The results of this important research bring science closer towards being able to control the health of the unit of all living systems – the cell.  According to study leader, Valter Longon, “We’re setting the foundation for reprogramming healthy life”. 

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