30 Apr '12, 3am

Scientists find new developments to treat heart diseases

SINGAPORE: Scientists at Singapore's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) have made a discovery that could lead to the development of new treatments for heart diseases. They discovered that they can dramatically increase the life span of mice with progeria premature ageing disease and heart disease caused by Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy by reducing levels of a protein called SUN1. The IMB, which is a biomedical sciences institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), worked with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States and the Institute of Cellular and System Medicine in Taiwan. A*STAR said on Monday that their findings provide an exciting lead into developing new methods to treat premature aging and heart disease. The findings were published in the prestigious scientific journal, Cell, on 27 April 2012. Child...

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