“We’re very excited about this. It supports the idea that aging is more than a passive deterioration of different tissues. It is under control, and can be manipulated,” Dongsheng Cai, one of the lead researchers on the project, told the Guardian.

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Scientists say key to aging discovered deep inside brain

May 2, 2013

A group of American scientists believe they have unlocked the key to the aging process, hidden deep inside the brain.

The team from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine say that they were able to extend the lives of mice by up to 20% by teasing a small part of the brain known as the hypothalamus.

The researchers, who published their finding in the journal Nature on Wednesday, also found that they were able to keep the mice from suffering the debilitating effects of age, such as muscle weakness and memory problems.

“We’re very excited about this. It supports the idea that aging is more than a passive deterioration of different tissues. It is under control, and can be manipulated,” Dongsheng Cai, one of the lead researchers on the project, told the Guardian.

The team members believe their findings could have profound effects for the development of drugs that extend life or make the last years more comfortable.

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