(TELEGRAPH) — An elixir of youth could be on the horizon after scientists identified a new class of drugs that dramatically slow the ageing process.
The new medicines, known as senolytics, have been shown to alleviate symptoms of frailty, improve heart function and extend a healthy life.
Professor Paul Robbins, from the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, hailed the drugs a start in rolling back the years.
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He said: "We view this study as a big, first step toward developing treatments that can be given safely to patients to extend healthspan or to treat age-related diseases and disorders.
"When senolytic agents, like the combination we identified, are used clinically, the results could be transformative."