With a record number of Americans turning 60, an estimated 8,000 baby boomers a day are in search for the fountain of youth.
In other words, they're going to a doctor for wrinkle erasers and other anti-aging trends. That's why a new specialty is born called Geroscience. The study of aging and all the stuff that starts to ache, fade, drop, break, or disappear as we get older. "If we understand the basic mechanisms of aging, we'll be able to tackle these diseases simultaneously," said Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, Buck Institute aging researcher. Dr. Kapahi is one of the Feroscientists at the Buck Institute for Age Research near San Francisco.
They've been studying worms, fruit flies, and mice because those little critters apparently age a lot like humans and even share some of the same genes for age-related diseases. Researchers have already figured out how to alter some of those aging genes and extend the lifespan of those little test pets. The hope is that someday, scientists can tweak the age genes in humans and delay the onset of age related diseases like Alzheimer's.