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University of Basel

06 September 2017

A Protein that Extends Life of Yeast Cells

Baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. (Image: University of Basel/SNI/Nano Imaging Lab)

To understand and control aging is the aspiration of many scientists. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have now discovered that the protein Gcn4 decreases protein synthesis and extends the life of yeast cells. Understanding how individual genes affect lifespan opens new ways to control the aging process and the occurrence of aging-related diseases. The results of this study have recently been published in “Nature Communications”.

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