Scientists may need to rethink research on genes that control ageing, according to an NIH study led by Indian Americans

New York (CBSNewYork) – According to a study headed by an Indian American researcher at the National Institutes of Health, only 30% of human genes that are traditional age markers are actively involved in the ageing process. According to the findings, scientists will need to reconsider which genes are responsible for ageing. The researchers studied this by delivering antibiotics to fruit flies and then studying them. Also, the activation of hundreds of genes over the course of their lives, which scientists previously assumed were in charge of ageing. Antibiotics not only extended the lifespan of the flies, but also modified the activity of many of these genes considerably, much to their astonishment.

Only around 30% of the genes typically connected with ageing set an animal’s internal clock, according to their findings, while the rest represent the body’s response to germs. “Scientists have been compiling a hit list of common ageing genes for decades. These genes are hypothesised to govern the progression of the disease in all animals, including worms, mice, and humans Edward Ginigr was quoted as telling. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is part of the National Institutes of Health. “Only around 30% of these genes may be directly implicated in the ageing process, which surprised us. We expect that these findings will aid medical researchers in better comprehending the dynamics that underpin a variety of age-related diseases “Added he.

The findings have been reported in the iScience journal. To conduct the study, the back and give antibiotics to newborn male Drosophila fruit flies to prevent pathogens from proliferating. They anticipated the antibiotics would have little or no impact at first. Nonetheless, when they reviewed the results, they noticed something fascinating. Antibiotics increased the lifespan of the flies by around six days, from 57 days in control flies to 63 days in treated flies. “For flies, this is a significant age difference. “It’s the equivalent of gaining around 20 years of life in people,” said lead author Arvind Kumar. 

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Shukla, a postdoctoral researcher at the university. “We were completely taken aback, and it made us question why these flies waited so long to emerge,” said by shukla. Also she added and his associates sought for signals in the flies’ chromosomes. They used cutting-edge genetic systems to analyze gene activity in the heads of flies aged 10, 30, and 45 days. “We had a hard time trusting the data at first. Many of these genes are known to be associated with ageing, but our findings imply that their activation is more dependent on the presence of bacteria than on the ageing process “Shukla stated.


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