Doubling life near death

It’s looking possible to increase lifespan even in old age — at least, that’s the case with the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Scientists already know that degrading insulin receptors prolongs their lives, but it was unclear whether it could affect worms that have already reached old age. But a recent experiment by Venz et al. shows that it does affect worms already in old age, doubling their lifespan from three weeks to almost two months. Read full article here

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