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Experiments on mice that were taken to the International Space Station have shown an internal protein has the potential to help slow the aging process, according to a joint study by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Tohoku University.

While in space, the mice went through biological changes similar to aging, only fast-forwarded, and the protein — called nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2, or Nrf2 — slowed down part of the transformation, JAXA said.

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