Experimental Drug Cocktail Doubles Lifespans in Animals

Experimental Drug Cocktail Doubles Lifespans in Animals, by Peter Dockrill.

Pioneering research into anti-ageing mechanisms in animals has almost doubled the lifespan of the test subjects used in the experiments.

A team of scientists in Singapore tried experimental combinations of different compounds on the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, and found that cocktails made up of already existing drugs could both slow the effects of ageing and significantly boost the animals’ longevity. …

While nematode worms are obviously an extremely different lifeform to human beings, C. elegans is often used as a proxy in examinations of ageing and related processes because their short lifespans make them easy for scientists to monitor.