UCLA Biologists Slow the Aging Process in Fruit Flies

UCLA life scientists have identified a gene that when activated in the intestine of a fruit fly, extend their lives by as much as 50 percent. Fruit flies have a life span of about two months. They start showing signs of aging after about one month, and they slow down, become less active and die. They are a great model for studying aging, because scientists know every one of their genes and can switch individual genes on and off.

Read about the study here.

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