Medicine: The Queen's Secret

A worker bee has a life span of only three months. But a queen bee lives for five-years—20 times as long. Biochemist Thomas S. Gardner of Nutley, NJ. thought that if he could find out how the queen does it, he might have a valuable clue to the secret of a long life.

He suspected that one reason for a queen bee's long life might be her rich diet: royal jelly. Royal jelly is exceptionally rich in pantothenic acid (a B vitamin believed to prevent grey hair), and in pyridoxin and biotin (also B vitamins). Dr. Gardner mixed up a brew...

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