For one, it opens the door to how stress and ageing work throughout the entire body.
"This is certainly one implication that I'm particularly excited about," University of Virginia biologist Christopher Deppmann told The Guardian. "There has already been evidence that stress and the fight-or-flight response depresses stem cells that are important for immunity. This may be the reason we often get sick after prolonged periods of stress.
"I believe that we have only scratched the surface of whether and how stress and fight-or-flight mechanisms deplete other stem cell populations. Whether or not this is the cause of premature ageing remains to be determined, but I wouldn't bet against it."