[ExI] First Drug Shown to Extend Life Span in Mammals
Henrique Moraes Machado
cetico.iconoclasta at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 14:31:05 UTC 2009
Don't know if it's old news for you people, but there you go...
First Drug Shown to Extend Life Span in Mammals
A drug derived from bacteria in the soil on Easter Island can substantially
extend the life span of mice, according to a study published online today in
Nature. The drug, called rapamycin, is the first pharmacological agent shown
to enhance longevity in a mammal, and it works when administered beginning
late in life. Prior to this research, the only ways to increase rodents'
life span were via genetic engineering or caloric restriction--a
nutritionally complete but very low-calorie diet.(...)
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