Why death may no longer be a fact of life

The Scotsman on research showing that genetic damage to cells and our ability to carry out repairs are the major factors in determining how long we will live.

A paper in the journal Nature detailed a study of mice which grew old and died within three weeks because they lacked genes involved in repairing damage to DNA, and also the discovery of a new disease which results in premature aging.

The research could lead to new treatments for diseases that cause young children to age prematurely and die, with trials expected within a year.

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