London: A leading scientist has predicted that a pill that can fight the ageing process may be available within a generation.Dame Linda Partridge, a geneticist at University College London, claimed the drugs will help middle-aged people to grow old gracefully by lowering the risk of diseases like cancer and dementia, which it will do by tackling the root cause – age itself.It doesn’t promises immortality, instead taking the drugs from middle age or earlier could dramatically shorten the period of illness and frailty that people typically experience before they die, the Telegraph reported.Speaking at the EMBO life sciences meeting in Nice, France this week Dame Linda said other therapies will be produced that mimic the effects of a severely restricted diet, which animal studies suggest can protect against a host of age-related conditions including heart disease and diabetes.“One obvious approach in trying to deal with the very rapidly increasing incidence of age related diseases is to tackle the underlying aging process itself, because it is the major risk factor,” the paper quoted her as telling The Daily Telegraph.“What we want is, rather than a lingering period of ill health, to have a fairly sudden death when it comes.
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