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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 19 November 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 46, p. nw156
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2003.46.nw156]


The "Fly Die" Diet

Coenzyme Q-less banquet that prolongs worm lives doesn't work for fruit flies

Mary Beckman;2003/46/nw156

Key Words: CoQ • ubiquinone

Abstract: Like the fine print in a late-night infomercial for a miracle supplement, new work suggests that with a life-extending diet, "results may vary." Rations that lengthen worm life span hasten fruit fly demise, new research shows. The victuals lack a component of mitochondria, the cell's power plants. The diet quickened the pace of mitochondrial decay, a problem that exists in human disease, suggesting that fruit flies might mimic age-related decline of human mitochondrial function better than worms do.

Citation: M. Beckman, The "Fly Die" Diet. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2003 (46), nw156 (2003).

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