Friday, August 26, 2005

Scientists probe anti-ageing gene

Scientists in the United States have discovered a gene that can keep mice alive for 30% longer than normal.
They say the gene has a key role to play in many of the processes related to ageing...
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... Now researchers have shown that by boosting the activity of the gene, they can extend the natural lives of male mice from two to three years.
The effect is not quite so strong in female mice.
(Read entire article here)

Seems like no matter what the politically correct crowd wants, there are always going to be gender differences. But along with the “advantage” of longer life, the males may also become more vulnerable to diabetes. There’s always a trade-off...

2 Comments:

Blogger Dez said...

I like the fact that the longevity gene makes the mice less fertile. If you are going to live longer, you should have fewer children, as a rule.

The tendancy for diabetes should encourage the mice to eat less sugar, which will further increase their lifespans.

I always felt that females tend to live longer than males due to the increased wear on the male body from testosterone poisoning. The longevity gene my counteract some of the harmful effects of testosterone, which would account for the difference in effectiveness between males and females.

Overall, great news for mice everywhere.

Friday, August 26, 2005 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

The old joke from the distaff side is: Females don't really live longer; it only seems like it.

Less sugar means they'll be in great shape health-wise. And if they're living longer, too, I hope they've got great retirement benefits...

Friday, August 26, 2005 8:21:00 PM  

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