Scientists have discovered how to switch off the ageing process in worms - which could eventually lead to the mechanism being delayed in humans.
The study of worms showed adult cells abruptly begin their downhill slide when they reach reproductive maturity.
A genetic switch then allows ageing to begin by ‘turning off’ certain processes which protect cells within the body.
The finding is significant because humans have the same genetic switch - and means eventually it may be possible to delay ageing and certain degenerative diseases.
Years ago I had a science fiction book in which people lived a very long time and when they reached a certain point the aging process would kick in and they would only last a few days.
Now to equate this to reality, if this became reality, then would people still want it rather than ageing normally?
The thought of not suffering aches and pains as one ages is appealing