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If My Cells Can Live Forever, Does That Mean I Can, Too?

An article in Technology Review looks into recently published research that found a cell survival switch in mitochondria that could one day be a drug target to prevent cell death in people with diseases like Alzheimer's. Led by scientists at Harvard Medical School, the work found that by turning up expression of NAMPT, a mitochondrial enzyme, increased longevity of cells. "The findings could provide a new set of targets for drugs to treat the diseases related to aging, including Alzheimer's and diabetes," the article says.

 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.