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Genetics Unzipped podcast: 100 not out? Genes and ageing

Posted by , on 28 January 2021

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Image Credit: Mark Epstein, Centre for Ageing Better photo library, CC BY ND 4.0

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, the podcast from the Genetics Society, presenter Kat Arney takes a look at the biological changes that underpin ageing, and how we can use this knowledge to live longer, healthier lives.

Kat speaks with Andrew Steele, author of the new book Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old, to take a deep dive into the processes that underlie ageing and – excitingly – whether we might be able to slow them down. Plus, he explains why the most useful anti-ageing product in your bathroom might be your toothbrush, rather than that fancy moisturiser.

Kat also chats with Raheleh Rahbari, a research fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, who is studying how patterns of DNA damage accumulate in our tissues throughout life. She discusses how our bodies are patchworks of mutation, right from the very start of life, and the impact this has on ageing and diseases like cancer and dementia.

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