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Tag: COVID-19

Red coronavirus
June 09, 2021
New research published in the journal Science has shown that the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, causes senescent cells to secrete more of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP), causing hyperinflammation and weakening the body's defenses against viruses. Why we Age: Cellular SenescenceAs your body ages, more of your cells become senescent....
A teal picture of coronavirus
January 20, 2021
New research published in Aging has analyzed the telomeres of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. Why we age: Telomere AttritionTelomeres are DNA regions located at the ends of a chromosome. Their normal length is 8-10 thousand base pairs, yet they consist of repetitions of a single sequence: TTAGGG. Telomeres do not code for proteins, but...
Healthy elderly
November 13, 2020
2020 has been a strange year for a variety of reasons, but the societal changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created are probably the strangest. However, it is perhaps even stranger that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has been appointed to advise Joe Biden on COVID strategy. Emanuel is best known for writing a controversial article in...
Lungs
November 11, 2020
Using a novel 3D lung organoid model, new research published in Cell Stem Cell has shed light on the body's infection response to COVID-19. LungsOur lungs transfer ambient oxygen into the bloodstream while transferring out carbon dioxide. The airflow generated by our lungs also allows for speech as it passes through our vocal cords. Lung...
Global pandemic
June 18, 2020
The world is reeling from the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has both had severe economic and humanitarian effects. As we continue to practice social distancing, we should ask ourselves: How can we avoid similar pandemics in the future? Aging and infectious disease are linked As we have discussed previously, aging is a major contributor to...
Coronavirus
June 15, 2020
Lifespan.io's new general science show, Science to Save the World, continues with a discussion of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.