Progeria is a very rare disease which causes children to undergo symptoms extremely similar to rapid aging, and generally dying before the age of 20. Recent results suggest that a fairly cheap drug may help reduce the aging systems, and it is possible it may have similar effects on normal humans. Lay summary by BBC and actual article

On a related note, in a strain of mice which age unusually quickly, there's been success delaying many symptoms of aging by removing senescent cells. Here is the relevant article in Nature.

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... curses, you beat me to the punch on this. I saw an article on this topic 12 hours ago.

Recent results suggest that a fairly cheap drug may help reduce the aging systems, and it is possible it may have similar effects on normal humans.

It would be interesting to see how the cellular metabolisms of the senescent and progeria victims compare.

On a related note, in a strain of mice which age unusually quickly, there's been success delaying many symptoms of aging by removing senescent cells.

Hence the SENS project to do just that with white blood cells. I wonder if it could be applied more generally, though.

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