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Bad news: Scientists working to make rats (and others) live longer

14 Mar 2017

By Florin Zubascu

Since 1900 life expectancy has more than doubled, but humans are still looking for the Fountain of Youth.

With the help of a grant from the European Research Council, British biologist Linda Partridge wants to increase the healthy lifespan of mammals by genetic and pharmacological interventions that decrease the activity of insulin networks.

Her results show that reduced food intake and simple genetic alterations can greatly increase lifespan in yeast, worms, fruit flies and rodents.

Read more about this ERC-funded project on the Max Planck Institute for Biology and Ageing website