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Red Wine Compound Activates Gene Needed for Healthy Cells, Harvard University Study



3/11/2013 7:04:39 AM

Harvard scientists said they have settled a debate over whether a compound found in red wine activates a gene that keeps cells healthy. Researchers repeated a 10-year old study using a new method to validate earlier findings that resveratrol turns on a gene that recharges mitochondria, tiny structures that produce fuel for cells. By revving up mitochondria, the agent may protect against aging-related diseases, said David Sinclair, a Harvard Medical School genetics professor and the study’s senior author.

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