blind mole rat
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer
Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.
ABOVE: University of Rochester
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer

Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.

Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.

ABOVE: University of Rochester
life span
Fruit flies in a vial
Accurate Protein Production Promotes Longevity
Ruth Williams | Sep 15, 2021
Worms, flies, and yeast live longer if the fidelity of their protein-making machinery is improved, a study shows.
Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 16, 2017
Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 
Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
Jef Akst | Jun 18, 2017
A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2017
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.
Questions Over C. elegans Life Span Factors
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
A recent paper challenges earlier findings that germline factors expressed in normal body cells influence life span in C. elegans.
Mechanism Behind Extreme Longevity in Some Plants
Kerry Grens | May 5, 2016
Certain plant stem cells rarely divide, a study shows, possibly fending off an accumulation of potentially harmful genetic mutations in some species.
First Data from Anti-Aging Gene Therapy
Kerry Grens | Apr 25, 2016
A biotech company reports that an experimental treatment elongated its CEO’s telomeres. 
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Age-Old Questions
Mary Beth Aberlin | Mar 1, 2015
How do we age, and can we slow it down?
ROS Can Shorten or Lengthen Life
Kerry Grens | Feb 13, 2015
Reactive oxygen species have opposing effects on roundworm longevity depending on whether these molecules are in the mitochondria or the cytoplasm.
Ibuprofen Extends Life?
Jef Akst | Dec 22, 2014
The over-the-counter drug increases life span in yeast, nematode worms, and fruit flies, a study shows.