Secrete to living longer published in Journal Nature - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/9/09

Secrete to living longer published in Journal Nature

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The secret to a longer, healthier life might be sitting near the giant statues of Easter Island in the South Pacific. The Moai Statues have been endured for centuries.

Now, new research suggests a compound discovered in the soil, may play a role in a longer life for people. Actually, scientists have used that compound, called rapamycin, for some time in preventing organ rejection after transplants. The study using older lab mice found that rapamycin was able to extend their lifespan by up to 38-percent. That is the equivalent of about 60-people years. But researchers add that won't matter much until we can find a cure for cancer.

This study is from the University of Texas Health Science Center, the University of Michigan and Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine and is published in the Journal Nature, July 8, 2009.

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