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Scientists discover secret of ageing

The elixir of youth may someday be a reality rather than a fabled belief, thanks to scientists who claim to have discovered the “secret to ageing”.

world Updated: Feb 17, 2010 01:00 IST

The elixir of youth may someday be a reality rather than a fabled belief, thanks to scientists who claim to have discovered the “secret to ageing”.

A team in Europe, led by Newcastle University, has unlocked the secret as to how and why living cells grow old by discovering the biochemical pathway involved in ageing, the British media reported.

The breakthrough may offer an explanation as to why skin ages and pave the way for a “much better chance of making a successful attack on age-related diseases” such as heart disease and diabetes, and remove unwanted side-effects of cancer.

“Our breakthrough means that we stand a very much better chance of making a successful attack on age-related diseases while at the same time avoiding the risk of unwanted side-effects like cancer,” said lead scientists Tom Kirkwood.

The research was conducted by British scientists together with German experts from University of Ulm.