The gene-editing technique shows promise in treating premature-aging syndrome
The gene-editing technique shows promise in treating premature aging.
Scientists have corrected a genetic mutation that causes progeria in mice. Progeria is a disease of rapid aging. One day, the treatment may be used to treat humans who otherwise would die as children.
Progeria is diagnosed in approximately 1 in 4 children within the first 2 years of life. These children will develop health problems in childhood and early adolescence, which are usually associated with older age. This includes cardiovascular disease, strokes, hair loss, skeletal issues, subcutaneous fat losses, and hardened skin.