The anti-aging effect

Richard Maser, Ph.D.

Exactly why do we age? And might there be a way to slow it down? Laboratory researchers are pursuing the answers.

Read The Search

Every morning we wake up, we’re one day older. What in the world can medical science do about that?

As it turns out, perhaps quite a lot. Our recent research indicates we can probably live longer than we currently do.

Perhaps more importantly, slowing aging and preventing age-related disorders like osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer dramatically improves quality of life. So even if we don’t live longer, we can live better in the time we have. 


Jackson Laboratory Professor David Harrison, Ph.D., and collaborators made international headlines by demonstrating for the first time that a drug can actually lengthen life span in mice. And calorie restriction lengthens the lives of laboratory animals, including mice, in ways that are still being explored.


The low bone mineral density and heightened risk of fracture associated with osteoporosis are taking huge tolls on both patients and the health care system. Our researchers are working to identify the many genes that determine bone composition, how diet can influence bone health and more.


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