CAN WE STAY YOUNG?

SCIENTISTS ARE JUST BEGINNING TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF AGING--AND, MORE TO THE POINT, TO DISCOVER HOW WE MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENT IT

If you were a nematode in Siegfried Hekimi's genetics lab, you would be one of the most remarkable creatures in the world. It wouldn't be your looks that made you special, of course. As a tiny transparent worm measuring a millimeter from tip to tail, you would be nearly invisible to the naked eye. Nor would it be the way you spent your time. Moving little and eating less, you would pass all your days inside a Petri dish, resting atop a bed of nutrient.

No, what would make you unique as you lived your unexceptional life would be how long...

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