Every day we get older, and whether you’re desperately resisting the march of time, or embracing the ageing process, most of us would agree we want to live as long, healthy lives as possible. We’ll be finding out how genetics research can help. Plus, making fingers with Alan Turing, growing lizard tails, and a long-lived gene of the month.
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I spoke to David Gems, professor of biogerontology at UCL,
and asked him what we mean by “ageing" from a biological
Most of us are born with five fingers, but how do they get
there? The answer was first put forward more than 60 years
ago by Alan Turing.
Researchers have analysed the patterns of gene activity in
regrowing lizard tails, paving the way for better regenerative
The day when we can grow fully-functioning organs in a dish
have come a step closer, with a lab-grown thymus.
Michael Shannack has been studying fruit flies carrying an
altered version of a gene called GSK3 which have longer,
Listener Ann Hawke says, when my son, who is now 23, was 15 months old we discovered that he had neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, also known as Von Recklinghausen disease. At the time we were told that the next 15/29 years would see important developments for sufferers, but I'm n...
One of a family of genes called Sirtuins, SIRT1 is one of seven
human versions of genes found across pretty much all