Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lithium Dramatically Increases Lifespan In Worms

Drug Commonly Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder Dramatically Increases Lifespan In Worms - ScienceDaily
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"Nematode worms treated with lithium show a 46 percent increase in lifespan, raising the tantalizing question of whether humans taking the mood affecting drug are also taking an anti-aging medication...In the study, scientists discovered that longevity was increased in the worms when the lithium "turned down" the activity of a gene that modulates the basic structure of chromosomes. Results of the Buck Institute study, led by faculty member Gordon J. Lithgow, PhD..."

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