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Tag: Drosophila

Gut bacteria
Most of the genetic changes associated with increasing age disappear in the absence of gut bacteria, according to a new fruit fly study [1]. It’s a pretty surprising finding, and while there are some important implications, it’s also a bit challenging to interpret. A flat aging line The experiment itself was relatively straightforward. A team...
Unexpected treasure
Researchers have found that zoledronate, a drug used to treat osteoporosis, has unexpected life-extending properties in human beings, and they confirmed these findings in a fruit fly study. The original unexpected findings Zoledronate is a biophosphonate, a drug used to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures. It is well-absorbed into the...
The Drosophila fruit fly
Scientists have successfully reversed the decline in cellular stress response in drosophila flies [1]. Our cells rely on epigenetic regulation to do their various jobs: while a muscle cell has the same genome as a liver cell, the difference in gene expression is what sets them apart. With age, these complex epigenetic patterns can go...
Dr. Alexey Moskalev
At Ending Age-Related Diseases 2020, Dr. Alexey Moskalev gave a presentation on Drosophila genetics. While it is not a mammal and certainly not a human being, Drosophila is a common subject for aging research, as it is a short-lived insect that shares many of the same aging-related genetic pathways as larger animals. Here, Dr. Moskalev...