Actor Edward James Olmos narrates this quick introduction to the mitochondria, the tiny organelles that ‘burn’ oxygen and vitamins to energy our cells, earlier than contemplating how throughout ageing that very same course of can injury mitochondrial DNA – ultimately inflicting the host cell to enter decline. Mitochondrial mutations are strongly implicated in a number of age-related circumstances together with Parkinson’s illness and “sarcopenia”, the gradual lack of muscle skilled even by energetic seniors. SENS Analysis Basis is growing a remedy to forestall the failure of all such cells by putting backup copies of key mitochondrial genes within the cell’s nucleus, the place they’re much higher protected. With such a backup in place, injury to the mitochondrial DNA turns into irrelevant, and the cell can return to regular wholesome operate.
This animation is certainly one of a collection of eight commissioned by SENS Analysis Basis to clarify the idea of SENS and a few of the therapies that we’re growing to finish age-related illness for good.
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