Super Mice Teach Scientists the Secret to Aging

This message was sent from: Anomalous Sciences.
<http://www.anomalynews.com/phorum/read.php?f=9&i=228&t=228&gt;
—————————————————————-

Scientists learn the secret of ageing
Indo-Asian News Service / London, May 7, 2005
[img]http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:kDFZweaYvSMJ:home.earthlink.net/~gordonmd/altmed/images/Aging.jpg[/img] [img]http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:58LnQdy6xwMJ:community-2.webtv.net/DENNISOHAYS/MIGHTYMOUSE/scrapbookFiles/importD40.jpg[/img]
Scientists have managed to stave off the ageing process in mice, a discovery
that might pave the way to longer, healthier living in humans too.

Experiments at the US-based Washington University School of Medicine showed
that protecting the body of mice against highly reactive chemicals called
free radicals – long suspected as a cause of ageing – gave them longer
lives, reports the Scottish daily Scotsman.

Mice given higher levels of an enzyme that breaks down free radicals had
about a 20 percent increase in their average and maximum lifespan, about
four and a half months.

They also had healthier hearts than other mice.

The experiments suggest that people could live longer and be free from many
age-related diseases if they were protected from free radicals.

“This study is very supportive of the free radical theory of ageing. It
shows the significance of free radicals and of reactive oxygen species in
particular in the ageing process,” said lead researcher Peter Rabinovitch.

“People used to only focus on specific age-related diseases because it was
believed that the ageing process itself could not be affected. What
we’rerealising now is that by intervening in the underlying ageing process,
we may be able to produce very significant increases in ‘health-span’, or
healthy life-span.”

Rabinovitch and his colleagues studied the enzyme catalase, which helps
breakdown hydrogen peroxide – a waste product of the body’s metabolic
process – into water and oxygen.

Hydrogen peroxide can be a precursor of free radicals.

The damage they cause can, in turn, lead to further flaws in cells’ chemical
processes, which lead to more free radicals being produced.

Free radicals can create unnecessary chemical reactions, which damage
cells,including DNA. Some scientists believe they are major factors in heart
disease, cancer and other serious conditions.

—————————————————————-
Sent using Phorum software version 3.3.2c <http://phorum.org&gt;

About Scientific Anomaly Institute

The Anomaly Archives is the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks: Preservation and dissemination of scientific research into anomalous phenomena Research and analysis of accumulated collections Education of the public regarding scientific investigations into these phenomena Purposes of the Institute: * Managing and developing an archive and library for documents and literature with regards to a multi-disciplinary approach to anomalous phenomena, * Supporting, promoting and pursuing research to obtain increased knowledge about anomalous phenomena, and * Pursuing and stimulating a critical, scientific discussion of anomalous phenomena, and providing a forum for information, support, and sharing among researchers while, Functioning as the archives and library for like-minded organizations, and other groups in the community that have similar interests. Our collection houses over about 5,000 books as well as research materials such as, videos, documents, magazines, and personal correspondence. Along with the S.A.I. collection, we also curate the collections of "Rare UFO & Paranormal Book Collector/Seller" Robert C. Girard, INACS (Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies), and others. And previously those of Austin MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), Austin IONS (Institute Of Noetic Sciences) and JSA (Jung Society of Austin). We house many great books that discuss a wide range of scientific subjects including: -UFOs and Ufology -Consciousness -Parapsychology -Fortean Phenomena -Cryptozoology -ParaPolitical Science -Human Potential Please come pay us a visit!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.