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Single Gene Change May Increase Lifespan by 16 Years, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study


8/30/2013 6:51:54 AM

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By lowering the expression of a single gene, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have extended the average lifespan of a group of mice by about 20 percent -- the equivalent of raising the average human lifespan by 16 years, from 79 to 95. The research team targeted a gene called mTOR, which is involved in metabolism and energy balance, and may be connected with the increased lifespan associated with caloric restriction.

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