Radiography of thorax; lungs appear black. Image: Pixabay
Possible cure of lung fibrosis in the making

Treatment to cure lung fibrosis may finally be on the horizon. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers of the CNIO in Spain found that lengthening telomers on chromosomes in mice strongly improves or even cures lung fibrosis. Telomers cap chromosomes to protect the DNA, and become shorter with ageing. Shortened telomers are also found in lung fibrosis. By making telomers longer, the researchers corrected this and lung fibrosis in the mice disappeared.

Read the full story: CENTRO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES ONCOLÓGICAS (CNIO)
Scientific publication: eLIFE