Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 27 July 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 30, p. nf60
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.30.nf60]


How Long Do I Have, Doc?

Protein foretells life span of genetically identical nematodes

Mitch Leslie

Abstract: Star Trek fans know that the unnamed crewman will usually die before the episode's first commercial. In real life, however, even doctors can't make such accurate predictions about a person's remaining time. But researchers might achieve the feat for nematodes, according to a new study suggesting that a worm's output of a stress-fighting protein forecasts its life span. The work might eventually allow scientists to devise tests to estimate human longevity.

Citation: M. Leslie, How Long Do I Have, Doc? Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (30), nf60 (2005).

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