Old age is terrifying. When people grow old they frequently lose their memories, their ability to move, to take care of themselves, and then they die. Some people are lucky and do not fit this mold; they will live a very long time, not getting sick, living independently, and die peacefully in their 100’s. This is all determined by their genes.
The long-term goal of the Longevity Genes Project is to create a drug to imitate the effect of these genes. Fighting old age one disease at a time is not working because as soon as one disease has been fought off, another one goes in for the kill. But the researchers hope that with this study, and more like it, they will be one step closer to developing a drug to slow the aging process and ward off age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
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