The Reading / Listening - Ageing Process - Level 2

Scientists have conducted tests to try to stop and reverse the ageing process. The tests were part of a joint project by Israeli universities. The researchers said the science was very simple - they used oxygen to slow down what happens to cells as they age. They used the oxygen on cells in a pressure chamber. The scientists said two processes related to ageing and illnesses slowed down. The scientists did tests on 35 adults over the age of 64 for 90 minutes a day, five times a week for three months. The study is published in the magazine "Ageing".



A professor explained how important the research is. He says the study shows that the ageing process can be reversed at the cell level. He says we may be able to stop cells from shortening. The shorter cells become, the more we age. If we can stop them getting shorter, cells will not age. The professor said: "Shortening is considered the 'Holy Grail' of the biology of ageing." Researchers are trying to develop drugs to make cells longer. The professor added: "The study gives hope, and opens the door for a lot of young scientists to target ageing as a reversible disease."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ageing Process - Level 0 Ageing Process - Level 1   or  Ageing Process - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/22/israeli-scientists-claim-new-study-reverses-ageing-process
  • https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-scientists-claim-to-reverse-ageing-in-blood-cells-with-pressure-chamber/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/21/scientists-reverse-effects-of-ageing-with-groundbreaking-treatment-13631999/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists have conducted
  2. The tests were part of a
  3. slow down what happens to cells
  4. in a pressure
  5. two processes related
  6. The scientists did tests
  7. five times a week for
  8. The study is published
  1. to ageing
  2. three months
  3. tests
  4. in the magazine
  5. chamber
  6. as they age
  7. on 35 adults
  8. joint project

Paragraph 2

  1. A professor explained how important
  2. the ageing process can
  3. at the cell
  4. we may be able to stop cells
  5. Researchers are trying
  6. The study gives
  7. opens the door for a lot
  8. a reversible
  1. level
  2. disease
  3. the research is
  4. hope
  5. of young scientists
  6. from shortening
  7. to develop drugs
  8. be reversed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have conducted (1) ___________________ to stop and reverse the ageing process. The tests were part (2) ___________________ project by Israeli universities. The researchers said the science (3) ___________________ - they used oxygen to slow down what happens to cells as they age. They used the oxygen on cells in (4) ___________________. The scientists said two processes related to ageing and illnesses slowed down. The scientists did tests on 35 (5) ___________________ age of 64 for 90 minutes a day, five times a week for three months. The study is published (6) ___________________ "Ageing".

A professor explained how (7) ___________________ is. He says the study shows that the ageing process (8) ___________________ at the cell level. He says we may be able to stop cells from shortening. The shorter cells become, the (9) ___________________. If we can stop them getting shorter, cells will not age. The professor said: "Shortening is considered the 'Holy Grail' of the (10) ___________________." Researchers are trying to develop drugs to (11) ___________________. The professor added: "The study gives hope, and opens the door for a lot of young scientists (12) ___________________ as a reversible disease."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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rcherssaidthesciencewasverysimple-theyusedoxygentoslowdown
whathappenstocellsastheyage.Theyusedtheoxygenoncellsinapress
urechamber.Thescientistssaidtwoprocessesrelatedtoageingandillne
ssessloweddown.Thescientistsdidtestson35adultsovertheageof64f
or90minutesaday,fivetimesaweekforthreemonths.Thestudyispublis
hedinthemagazine"Ageing".Aprofessorexplainedhowimportantther
esearchis.Hesaysthestudyshowsthattheageingprocesscanberevers
edatthecelllevel.Hesayswemaybeabletostopcellsfromshortening.Th
eshortercellsbecome,themoreweage.Ifwecanstopthemgettingshort
er,cellswillnotage.Theprofessorsaid:"Shorteningisconsideredthe'H
olyGrail'ofthebiologyofageing."Researchersaretryingtodevelopdrug
stomakecellslonger.Theprofessoradded:"Thestudygiveshope,ando
pensthedoorforalotofyoungscientiststotargetageingasareversibledi
sease."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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