TED Talks: Cynthia Kenyon on Experiments That Hint of Longer Lives

PHOTO: Cynthia Kenyon: Experiments that hint of longer lives

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What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a simple genetic mutation that can double the lifespan of a simple worm, C. Elegans. The lessons from that discovery, and others, are pointing to how we might one day significantly extend youthful human life.

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