Researchers identify novel cellular process that help us understand the mechanisms of aging-related diseases

A team of researchers has identified the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate selective autophagy in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. While the function of these processes is increasingly understood in mammals this is one of the first studies in insects. The study of autophagy — the recycling and repair process within cells — has huge potential to aid in fighting the ageing process, bacterial and viral infections and diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.