MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- University of Manchester scientists discovered a new way to look for aging cells in a study they say boosts understanding of the cause of various diseases.
In the study, published in the journal Ageing Cell, researchers sought to develop a universally applicable method to asses senescence across biomedicine. The authors say the results open the door for the development of new cellular rejuvenation techniques.
"The method we have developed provides unprecedented advantages over any other available senescence detection products -- it is straight-forward, sensitive, specific and widely applicable, even by non-experienced users," professor Paul Townsend said in a press release.
Cellular senescence is the process by which cells age within the body. University of Manchester researchers contend current methods for detecting the process are too limited and burdensome. A more precise approach, they say, will have considerable benefits for research and medical practice.
"In addition to helping researchers make significant new breakthroughs into the causes of diseases -- including cancer -- through more effective understanding of senescence in cells, the new process will also aid the impact of emerging cellular rejuvenation therapies," Townsend explained.
The professor went on to add better identification techniques for cellular senescence will allow medical professionals to repair damaged cells and tissues more easily, and extend the overall health span.