New research identifies naturally occurring processes that allow many genes to both slow aging and protect against cancer in the roundworm C. elegans. Many of the worm genes have counterparts in humans, suggesting that new drugs may some day ensure a long, cancer-free life. The new research, found in Nature Genetics, and a related study the scientists reported in Science last year indicate that cellular changes leading to longevity antagonize tumor cell growth.
This article was published in G & P magazine: Vol. 7, No. 11, November, 2007, pp. G10.
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