Examining Aging Flies

SFGate profiles the research of Pankaj Kapahi at the Buck Institute: "by feeding, poking, prodding and putting flies through a host of scientific indignities, he is searching for ways to make people live longer. ... Flies and humans share a number of metabolic processes that, when manipulated, can affect the rate of aging." On that note, it's worth mentioning that some folks are looking into starting a Methuselah Fly Prize along the same lines as the M Prize for anti-aging research in mice. Research into healthy life extension medicine - whether in flies, mice or humans - is still woefully underfunded, especially in light of what is likely to be possible with a comparatively modest level of resources.

Link: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/01/BAGL9B3FJP1.DTL&type=science

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