July 10, 2008
University of Oviedo (Spain) researchers have found that two common drugs–statins (used to reduce cholesterol) and bisphosphonates (used to curb osteoporosis)–have reversed the effects in mice of progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes premature aging.
Progeria accelerates aging from early childhood and is usually fatal before puberty. It is caused by gene mutations that disrupt production of the protein prelamin A, found inside the nuclei of cells. The… read more