Medical researchers have found a cause of ageing in animals that can be reversed, possibly paving the way for new treatments for age-related diseases including cancer, type 2 diabetes, muscle wasting and inflammatory diseases.
The researchers hope to start human trials late next year.
The study, which is published today in the journal Cell, relates to mitochondria, which are our cells’ battery packs and give energy to carry out key biological functions.
The work, led by UNSW Medicine’s David Sinclair, found a series of molecular events enable communication inside cells between the mitochondria and the nucleus. As communication breaks down, ageing accelerates.