There’s no argument that eating well, exercising
wisely, and avoiding high risk behaviors can increase one’s chances for
a longer, healthier old age. But it’s also obvious that in many ways
the aging process is out of our control; that despite our best efforts
(in concert with a genetic make-up that makes us more or less
susceptible to certain diseases) our cells and tissues ultimately
degenerate and eventually die.
While scientists have long suspected that events outside our control can result in aging, a study led by Buck Institute faculty member Jan Vijg, PhD, provides the first direct evidence that the molecular machinery of our cells providing function to our tissues and organs spins irreversibly out of control as we age. The study appears in the June 22 edition of Nature.