October 10, 2008
Posted by scott at October 10, 2008 08:17 AM
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I didn't see anything in there about the shortening of the telomeres, which IIRC was a primary component of aging in humans (and probably all higher order mammals). Of course, since C. elegans has it's entire genome sequenced and all genes identified, it should be fairly easy to isolate the gene that produces elt3, knock it out of the genome, and see what happens to the nematodes. Do they live longer or does something else happen?