The Brookhaven Lecture Committee presents Cynthia Kenyon, Vice President of aging research, Calico Research Labs, and emeritus professor of biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco on Genes from the Fountain of Youth at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Aging is one of life’s deepest mysteries. For years people assumed that aging just happens; we wear out. Remarkably, in the early 1990s Cynthia Kenyon showed instead that genes control the rate of aging. Working with a popular laboratory model organism (the roundworm called C. elegans) she isolated genes that control the animal’s rate of aging. Alterations in these genes can double the lifespan of the animal, not by extending old age but rather by delaying the onset of old age. The same genes are found in mice and in humans. Kenyon left UCSF to join a Google-funded company, Calico, whose goal is to develop medicines for humans that can mimic life extending genes and thereby delay the onset of old age and delay the diseases of old age.
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