“Scientists recently discovered how to dramatically extend the worm’s lifespan.”

Human ageing could potentially be stalled


Thu, Oct 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Inverse, in a study published in the October issue of the journal Developmental Cell, researchers were able to extend the extremely short life spam of a tiny worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, by using a concoction of pharmaceutical drugs. The same benefits may apply to humans.

[...] These drugs — which included rapamycin, rifampicin, Psora-4, allantoin, and metformin — were chosen because previous animal model studies found they interact with proteins and extend lifespan. Now, scientists discovered that pairing two of these drugs extended the lifespan of the worms, and combining three doubled their lifespan.

Jan Gruber, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator, is an assistant biochemistry professor at Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. He believes that this research can one day alleviate the financial and societal burdens of aging.



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