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German Scientists Find Way To Slow Down Aging

A new study from Germany has potentially found the answers to time-old questions: What drives aging and what can we do to reverse it?


Photo Insert: Gene transcription - the process in which a cell makes an RNA copy of a strand of DNA - becomes faster with age but less precise and more error-prone but they also found that certain processes could help us reverse this decline.



But a new study by a team of scientists in Germany, published in the scientific journal Nature, may finally have found the answers to these questions, Camille Bello reported for Euronews Next.


Researchers from the University of Cologne in Germany have not only discovered that gene transcription - the process in which a cell makes an RNA copy of a strand of DNA - becomes faster with age but less precise and more error-prone but they also found that certain processes could help us reverse this decline.



"This is, so far, the only eureka moment in my life. I mean, this is a type of discovery that you don't make every other day," said Dr. Andreas Beyer, the lead researcher, calling the findings "a major discovery."


Transcription is fundamental to Beyer's research as it is the process in which a cell makes an RNA copy of a piece of DNA. This copy is important because it carries the genetic information needed to make new proteins in a cell.


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Proteins determine the health and function of the cells, and cells then structure all living things. The "machine" - as Beyer calls it - responsible for making the transcription copy of the gene sequences is called Pol II (RNA polymerase II).





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