Should you stop worrying about aging after MIT researchers have found enzyme HDAC1 having a potential to prevent the DNA from damaging, which results in Alzheimer’s and cognitive disorder in old age?
A team of scientists at the University of Oxford has discovered that a protein called Hemo, made by a fetus and the placenta, is produced from viral DNA that entered our ancestors’ genomes 100 million years ago. This protein that courses through the veins of pregnant women, may reawaken retrovirus that contributes to diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and schizophrenia.
Crux of the Matter
One of the premier institutes of India, IIT Hyderabad in partnership with IIT Guwahati, has claimed that its researchers have unravelled working of a protein that repairs damaged DNA. The team has discovered the mechanism by which these repair proteins assemble when DNA is under threat. The researchers studied the action of one specific protein, called alkB homolog 3 (ALKBH3) and stumbled upon this positive result.