Has This Scientist Finally Found the Fountain of Youth?

Editing the epigenome, which turns our genes on and off, could be the ‘elixir of life’

MIT Technology Review
Aug 8 · 11 min read
Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte of the Gene Expression Laboratory at San Diego’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Photos: Christie Hemm Klok

By Erika Hayasaki

The black mouse on the screen sprawls on its belly, back hunched, blinking but otherwise motionless. Its organs are failing. It appears to be days away from death. It has progeria, a…

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