Spacefaring Worms Live Longer

Want to live longer? The good news is that all you have to do is move about 50 miles. The bad news? Straight up into space.

That is, if these scientific findings on the nematode C. elegans hold true for humans:

Spacefaring worms undergo genetic changes associated with longer lives in their Earth-bound cousins, research has shown.

A number of Caenorhabditis elegans worms were carried aboard a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and brought back for study.

Researchers found reduced activity of five genes in the worms that, when suppressed in the species on Earth, lead to longer lifetimes.


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