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Drug cocktail almost doubles lifespan of worms
A team of researchers led by Principal Investigator Dr Jan Gruber from Yale-NUS College has discovered a combination of pharmaceutical drugs that not only increases healthy lifespan in the microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), but also delays the rate of ageing in them, a finding that could someday mean longer, healthier lives for humans.
Maybe I will benefit if I live long enough first, but in the back of my mind I hear the voice of a Puritan minister circa 1640 quoting something about "where the worm dieth not".
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Worms commonly lie about their age.
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Mice are probably a lot closer to humans than worms as far as most recent common ancestor, but even research results in mice rarely work the same way in people.
Maybe there are some basic mechanisms of aging that apply to all animals and this might help them to figure out what those are. But I doubt that simply taking the same "cocktail" of drugs that worked for these worms would produce the same longevity effect in humans.
ETA: For the curious, a little internet searching tells me that humans had a common ancestor with mice (and all other mammals) about 80 million years ago, but our common ancestor with worms is about 500 or 600 million years ago.
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