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Scientists discover ‘internal clock’ inside human cells – paving the way to understanding diseases like muscular dystrophy and cancer

Researchers have discovered the ‘internal clock’ of cells – breaking new ground to understand how diseases take hold of the body.  

Previously, the biological clock we were using to measure cellular age was more like a sundial.

But these changes to the nuclear envelope, discovered by New York University scientists, can be used like the hour, minute and second hands to more accurately tell the cells biological time.

It is the first time researchers have had a physical indicator to observe what stage a cell is in its life cycle – and how that could be an underlying cause for certain congenital diseases like muscular dystrophy.

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