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While many people have been searching for the fountain of youth for years, scientists at Harvard University may have discovered the secret to reversing aging.

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A recent study published in Cell magazine found that by repairing mouse DNA, scientists could manipulate age back and forth, thereby manipulating the aging process.

“There is now new research showing that the aging process may be reversible,” Johns Hopkins University health policy expert Dr. Marty Macari said in an interview with Varney & Co. Tuesday. “That is, that the body can carry a copy of the gene in your body that codes for a more youthful response to everything physiologically.”

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According to Harvard Medical School, the epigenetic study has been in preparation for 13 years and has shown that reorganization and regulation of genetic structures can either accelerate or reverse the effects of aging, such as blurred vision, decreased concentration and sagging skin tissues.

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“We believe our study is the first to show epigenetic changes as the primary driver of aging in mammals,” said senior author David Sinclair, professor of genetics at the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Center for the Biology of Aging. Glenn. Harvard press release.

The researchers also acknowledged that the results should be tested in larger mammals or humans.

“We expect these results to change our view of the aging process and the approach to treating diseases associated with aging,” co-author Jae-Hyun Yang, a genetics research fellow at the Sinclair Lab, told Harvard. .

Aside from this recent Harvard mouse experiment, research on age reversal is “pretty mature,” says Dr. Macari, noting a fair amount of literature on what you can do to slow down the aging process.

Harvard scientist holding a mouse

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, whose award-winning research on DNA methylation—the regulation of gene expression—explores the difference between biological and chronological agingand she narrowed down how people can feel better for longer in her forthcoming book, YOUR YOUNGER: Shrink Your Biological Age and Live Longer and Better.

“Our biological age in this country is moving faster than our chronological age,” Fitzgerald previously told Fox News Digital. “And these past 16 years have gone by with at least one – and for most of us – two chronic disease diagnoses. We are unwell. We don’t spend our final years healthy.”

When it comes to reversing your biological age, Fitzgerald recommends changing your daily diet to include nutritious foods, herbs, and spices.

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“Obviously you want to eat more greens and colorful vegetables like beets, as well as various herbs or plant compounds like turmeric, which is found in curry, and green tea, all of which can change our genetic expression in the direction of something. then younger, if you take them together. .”

Additional critical changes recommended by Fitzgerald include moderate exercise, stress reduction, and getting enough sleep.

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Courtney Moore of Fox News contributed to this report.