From MENAFN, commentary on the significance of medical research currently taking place from biotech writer Gina Smith. "Look at what [Cynthia Kenyon is] doing. Molecular geneticists like her are already helping identify the proteins that inhibit aging in animals. I can't believe we won't make improvements in human anti-aging treatments in the next 100 years. ... The premise is that we can slow down the aging process. And if we can do that, we can reduce the risks for all kinds of diseases. Cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis - the risks for all of these go up as you get old. But if we can slow down the aging process, we can reduce risk." The basic research taking place now is vital to the future of longer, healthier lives - but we must see more directed and less incidental healthy life extension.