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Chinese scientists develop gene therapy which could delay ageing
Lifestyle, Science

Chinese scientists develop gene therapy which could delay ageing

Scientists in Beijing have developed a new gene therapy which can reverse some of the effects of ageing in mice and extend their lifespans, findings which may one day contribute to similar treatment for humans. The method, detailed in a paper in the Science Translational Medicine journal earlier this month, involves inactivating a gene called kat7 which the scientists found to be a key contributor to cellular ageing. The specific therapy they used and the results were a world first, said co-supervisor of the project Professor Qu Jing, 40, a specialist in ageing and regenerative medicine from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). “These mice show after 6-8 months overall improved appearance and grip strength and most importantly they have extended lifespan fo...
Beijing’s new Covid-19 cases now 79, local officials sacked, govt to expand testing
Highlights, World

Beijing’s new Covid-19 cases now 79, local officials sacked, govt to expand testing

The number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases have shot up to 79 in Beijing with health authorities adding 36 more to Sunday’s tally, the country’s health authorities announced early on Monday. The National Health Commission (NHC) said on Monday that it received reports of 49 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, of which 39 were domestically transmitted and 10 were imported. Of the domestically transmitted cases, 36 were reported in Beijing and three in Beijing’s bordering province, Hebei. Since June 11, Beijing has recorded 79 new cases of Covid-19 after not reporting any for 55 days, triggering fears of a second wave of infections and pointing to the difficulties in curbing the pandemic raging globally. Majority of the cases have been linked to the spr...