A pill to slow ageing could be on the horizon after scientists DOUBLE the lifespan of worms by turning off their ‘old-age gene’

An anti-ageing pill could be in the making after scientists found a way to double the lifespan of a worm.

Switching off a gene believed to trigger the body’s decline made roundworms live more than twice as long as usual in an experiment.

And the same long-lived worms also gave birth to healthier, more fertile offspring suggesting the benefits would pass down through generations.

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