December 9, 2013
In Rejuvenated Research on Aging, an NIH Team Hunts for Unified Cures
Ramin Rahimian for The Chronicle
The legend of a fountain of youth has endured for millennia, propelled more by wishfulness than by hard scientific results.
That hasn't changed.
It's true that new drug candidates like rapamycin and acarbose are showing promise. Jellyfish, bowhead whales, sea turtles, and nematode worms offer promising examples of organisms in which medical interventions have been found to delay aging or its effects. But there's still no miracle cure for old age.
What has changed,