[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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