Japanese researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries on the mechanisms of aging and working to apply them. As we age, senescent cells, or aged cells that have stopped dividing, accumulate, causing inflammation that can damage blood vessels and organs. Animal experiments have shown that removing these cells improves kidney function and reduces arteriosclerosis. They have led to the identification of a drug and development of a vaccine to eliminate the cells.
A drug that removes senescent cells enabled a mouse to hang on to a rod longer
Senescent cells, or aged cells that have stopped dividing, increase as we age
The accumulation of senescent cells can cause age-related diseases
A vaccine that stops aging decreased senescent cells in a diabetic mouse