Pathways that extend lifespan by 500 percent identified: Discovery of cellular mechanisms could open door to more effective anti-aging therapies
Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways for longevity that amplify lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging research. The increase in lifespan would be the equivalent of a human living for 400 or 500 years, according to one of the scientists.
The progress to immortality just got jumpstarted.
( As expected this involves both mTOR and Insulin signalling, and the genetic control system that interfaces between us and out mitochondria - that we've been talking about before. )
But the synergism is unexpected, producing an untold 500% increase in lifespan. That means that the disease progression in the organisms is virtually at a halt.
The implications for reduction in human disease is staggering. We really don't understand how ageing is regulated, and this is the beginning of the unravelling of the details.