Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 22 May 2002
Genes, Culture, and Aging Flies--What the Lab Can and Cannot Tell Us About Natural Genetic Variation for Senescence
Christine C. Spencer , and Daniel E. L. Promislow
The authors are in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA. E-mail: email@example.com (D.E.L.P.)http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2002/20/pe6
Key Words: laboratory culture Drosophila evolution longevity genes senescence trade-offs
Abstract: Model organisms cultured in the lab provide a powerful way to explore basic biological processes. However, lab culture can select for high early fecundity and dramatically shorten the life-span of lab organisms. Studies that use these short-lived organisms to identify aging-related genes might identify genes that simply restore the organism's original life-span. These results might not be fully relevant to wild populations. Experiments that reduce selection for shorter life-span or seek genes in naturally long-lived cohorts should lead to a more accurate understanding of aging.
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