As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal wear and tear. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa have discovered the reason why this decline occurs in our skeletal muscle. Their findings were published online in the influential journal Nature Medicine.
Whilst the research is in its early stages, the team are now looking at therapeutic possibilities of drugs to treat muscle-wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy. For more information click here.