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Sedeer el-Showk, Ph.D.

Sedeer el-Showk

About Sedeer el-Showk, Ph.D.

Sedeer became a professional science writer after finishing a degree in biology. He also writes poetry and sff, and somehow juggles an ever-growing list of hobbies from programming to knitting to gardening. Eternal curiosity and good fortune have taken him to many parts of the world, but he’s settled in Helsinki, Finland for the moment. He hopes he’ll never stop learning new things.

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January 27, 2021
Although rapamycin reliably extends lifespan in a range of organisms, new research shows that it does not achieve this via the same pathways as caloric restriction [1]. Understanding how the two processes differ and interact could help researchers eventually piece together the longevity puzzle. Caloric or dietary restriction (CR) is perhaps the most robust, effective...
January 14, 2021
Activation of a genetic pathway controlled by the NRF2 gene reduces age-related hearing loss, according to a new study [1]. In the long run, drugs or treatments that target this pathway could help us keep our hearing sharp as we get older. It's getting harder and harder to hear Age-related hearing loss is extremely common,...
December 17, 2020
New research has shown that a DNA repair gene modulates lifespan in mice [1]. This may serve as a therapeutic avenue or at least open the way towards dissecting the links between DNA damage and senescence. MYSM1 is a gene that removes a molecular mark known as ubiquitin from histones, which are scaffolding proteins that...
December 03, 2020
A key gene mediating the effect of dietary restriction on longevity has been identified, improving our understanding of the link between the two and raising the prospect of more targeted therapeutic interventions. Less is more Dietary restriction is one of the most reliable ways to increase longevity, increasing lifespan in species from fruit flies to...
November 19, 2020
Research on rodents shows that alpha-ketoglutarate could be an effective way to treat or even prevent osteoporosis [1]. BoneBone tissue serves as the primary structural component of our bodies. It protects our delicate inner organs, plays a key role in whole body calcium, phosphorus, and acid-base homeostasis, and allows movement to occur by giving our...
November 05, 2020
Buckminsterfullerene, also known as C60, is a remarkable molecule with a range of interesting chemical and physical properties. Several years ago, C60 came to the attention of the longevity community several years ago when a study with a small cohort of rats found that C60 dissolved in olive oil extended their lifespan [1]. This led...