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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 1 September 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 35, p. nf81
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.35.nf81]


Hastening Death to Delay Aging

New approach speeds hunt for manipulations that retard fly decrepitude

R. John Davenport

Abstract: To build a strong gymnastics squad, coaches select future superstars at a young age. Gerontologists also want to identify animals with exceptional potential, but they typically must wait until animals are old. Assessing whether genetic changes or experimental treatments prolong life means waiting for animals to die. A new strategy promises to accelerate the search by killing adolescent flies that are unlikely to live a long time. The approach might help researchers identify drugs that enhance longevity, although some scientists aren't sure whether the tactic will illuminate all aspects of aging.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Hastening Death to Delay Aging. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (35), nf81 (2004).

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