Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 October 2001
Of Hyperaging and Methuselah Genes
This article originally appeared in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Presents ... The Quest to Beat Aging (Summer 2000).
Abstract: Work on rare genetic disorders that mimic some aspects of aging may have implications far beyond finding cures for rare diseases. It might also provide clues about the normal human aging process and yield insight into diseases common to old age, such as atherosclerosis, which could lead to new avenues of research for treatments that prolong life. In addition, the discovery of hormones that apparently control life-span hints at a general biological mechanism for health and longevity that extends beyond any single organism.
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