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Boosting Sirt4 gene activity extends healthy lifespan in fruit flies


Boosting Sirt4 gene activity extends healthy lifespan in fruit flies

A new study on the mechanics of aging and longevity finds that fruit flies inhibited from producing the protein Sirt4 -- which is also found in humans -- are short-lived, while flies modified to make extra Sirt4 are long-lived. In addition, flies lacking Sirt4 display increased sensitivity to starvation, decreased fertility and activity, and an inability to use energy stores in their bodies.

Source Sciencedaily

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