‘Zombie Cells’ Buildup in Body May Play Role in Aging

The field of zombie cells is still young. But at least a dozen companies have launched efforts to pursue treatments.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill zombie cells and possibly treat the problems they bring. Basically the goal is to fight aging itself, which hopefully will in turn delay the appearance of age-related disease and disabilities as…

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