Three-and-a-half months is just a blip in the life of a human being, but it’s a big deal for a mouse. That’s why researchers at the National Institutes of Health generated a bit of buzz this week with their announcement that they had engineered mice with average lifespans of 28 months for males and 31.5 months for females – about 20% longer than the life of the average, non-super mouse.
Many Americans do not look happily on the prospect of living much longer lives. They see peril as well as promise in biomedical advances, and more think it would be a bad thing than a good thing for society if people lived decades longer than is possible today, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Research carried out on mice by scientists at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found that the hypothalamus controls many aspects of aging, opening up the potential to slow down the aging process by altering signal pathways within that part of the brain.
Data published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity indicated supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and that four months of supplementation with omega-3s were associated with longer telomeres in immune system cells.
The results of a long-awaited study of calorie restricted diets in rhesus monkeys which began in 1987, are finally in. But it did not bring the vindication calorie restriction enthusiasts had anticipated.