New cellular reprogramming technique counters hallmarks of aging

Scientists from Salk Institute for Biological Studies showed that One clue to halting or reversing aging lies in the study of cellular reprogramming, a process in which the expression of four genes known as the Yamanaka factors allows scientists to convert any cell into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) Like embryonic stem calls, iPSCs are capable of dividing indefinitely and becoming any cell type present in our body. Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory, is the senior author of the paper, published in Cell, in which also participated Dr. Josep Maria Campistol, CEO and nephrologist in Hospital Clínic, and researcher in IDIBAPS. Scientists from Universidad Católica de Murcia, among others, have also been involved.