Several discoveries in biology could lead to treatments that reverse the effects of aging and prolong lifespans. There isn’t quite a magic bullet, but it’s not unreasonable to think that people could live longer and longer lives. The Methuselah Foundation has several monetary prizes for researchers in the field of life extension interventions. Here are just a few other interesting research studies on aging.
- Little worms (Caenorhabditis elegans) on the International Space Station are actually living longer in a micro-gravity environment than their earth-bound relatives. Researchers have identified several genes that contribute to this unexpected lengthening of longevity, but living on a space station isn’t the fountain of youth. [url]
- The cost of sequencing the human genome has fallen dramatically from $3 billion for the first one… to a few thousand dollars. Having access to the information in our DNA could lead to lifespans of 150 years, but getting hit by a bus would still be a problem. [url]
- Certain kinds of exercise may extend your life more than others. Aerobic exercise is correlated with living a bit longer than non-aerobic exercise — so expect a few more infomercials to start plugging exercise equipment with claims of helping you live longer. [url]
- Senescent cells can no longer divide, and they might bring down neighboring cells and create various symptoms of aging. Eliminating these senescent cells could lead to more age-resistant organs — and people living longer (perhaps as undead zombies). [url]
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