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Unraveling the Mysteries of Aging

Experiments in mice suggest way to thwart DNA damage from aging, radiation

(Courtesy: Harvard Medical School)

March 23, 2017

DNA repair is essential for cell vitality, cell survival and cancer prevention, yet cells’ ability to patch up damaged DNA declines with age for reasons not fully understood.

Now, research led by scientists at Harvard Medical School reveals a critical step in a molecular chain of events that allows cells to mend their broken DNA.

The findings, published March 24 in Science, offer a critical insight into how and why the body’s ability to fix DNA dwindles over time and point to a previously unknown role for the signaling molecule NAD as a key regulator of protein-to-protein interactions in DNA repair. NAD, identified a century ago, is already known for its role as a controller of cell-damaging oxidation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: NASA ITECH CYCLE II CONTINUES TO ACCEPT ENTRIES THROUGH APRIL 7.

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