In this interview, Aric Rogers, PhD, assistant professor at the MDI Biological Laboratory, discusses how factors such as genetic variations and environmental conditions influence lifespan.
A scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory has discovered a critical cellular process that mirrors the effects that dietary restriction has on aging, thereby potentially delaying the onset of age-related illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Cutting back on calories and dropping a few pounds would help most of us feel better. But researchers have known for nearly century that drastic caloric restriction can actually delay the aging process and lead to a longer, stronger old age. While the effect of dietary restriction has been studied and confirmed in species ranging from the simple c. elegans roundworm to much more complex animal models, the precise molecular mechanisms that govern it have largely eluded identification. Now, a sc…
Diets can prolong health and lifespan, but scientists haven’t known why until now, when researchers at MDI Biological Laboratory discovered a genetic pathway that explains the process. The hope is that one day it may lead to therapies that could extend our healthy years without requiring severe dietary restrictions.
Kevin Strange, Ph.D., president of The MDI Biological Laboratory, has received a five-year, $2.1 million federal grant to study how proteins are regulated.