[Source: Medical News Today]
The team, from Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas, describes the breakthrough in a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Lead investigator Dr. John Cooke, department chair of cardiovascular sciences, and colleagues were studying cells from children with progeria in order to find out more about the aging process.
They believe that their findings could lead to a way to reverse other aging-related problems.
Progeria is a very rare disease caused by mutations in the LMNA gene. The mutation almost always arises spontaneously rather than being inherited from a parent. It is thought that at any one time, there are fewer than 250 children worldwide living with the disease.