Biologists learn how to increase the lifespan of fruit flies by thirty percent

September 12, 2014 2:28 AM

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Biologists learn how to increase the lifespan of fruit flies by thirty percent

Researchers turned on a gene in the gut of fruit flies called AMPK, a genetic change that resulted in the flies living eight weeks instead of their normal six weeks.

Is the prospect of extending the human lifespan a matter of turning up the dial on a single gene? Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles show that it might be.

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