In Rejuvenated Research on Aging, an NIH Team Hunts for Unified Cures

In Rejuvenated Research on Aging, an NIH Team Hunts for Unified Cures 1

Ramin Rahimian for The Chronicle

It's not gerontology or geriatrics: The geneticist Gordon Lithgow devised the term "geroscience" to denote the hunt for aging-related components of disease.

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,