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Tag: COVID-19

Champions of Coronavirus
A research paper that has just been peer reviewed and published in Nature has described how disrupting an immune pathway that is upregulated in aging decreases the lethality of COVID-19 in a mouse model. Mice with COVID-19 As the researchers explain, normal mice do not use the same angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as humans,...
Looking forward
We recently caught up with Dr. Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae from SENS Research Foundation (SRF) about the landscape in the field. We asked them two simple questions, and they joined forces to give us their combined insights. Lifespan.io: First, do you think we can defeat aging? Of course I think we can defeat...
Elderly Person Coughing
Researchers have used a big data approach to disentangle cellular and physiological changes that are specific to COVID-19 from those caused by aging [1]. Identifying these improves our understanding of the disease and may help explain why COVID-19 has a more severe effect on older people. A tangled skein The enormous impact of COVID-19 around...
Red coronavirus
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
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
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...