X-Message-Number: 10674
Date: Sun, 01 Nov 1998 14:40:52 -0500
From: Jan Coetzee <>
Subject: CR book

Dying to tunnel into a Big Mac
                Lowering calorie intake has its good and bad aspects. It
                many animals lean but hungry. Most importantly, it
prolongs their
                lives. It might even do the same for primates like us.
To see how
                genes influence the effects of calorie restriction in a
                animal model, scientists examined to the worm
                elegans. They found that food restriction lengthens the
life span
                via a mechanism that might involve only one of two
groups of
                genes known to influence longevity.

                    Reference: Lakowski, B. and Hekimi, S. 1998. The
                    genetics of caloric restriction in Caenorhabditis
                    elegans. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.

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