Blog

The Alliance’s blog offers a personal, inside look at our activities and perspectives on a range of timely issues. We encourage your feedback.

BACK TO BLOG

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 13th, 2011

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?

Let's put it this way: How would you like to live five times the normal human lifespan with rock-solid immunity to cancer and arteries smooth and supple as a teenager; and when you reach the end of an incredibly long life, have death come without a single day of sickness or disability?  Those are a few of the tricks that come naturally to a critter that deserves serious scientific scrutiny so we can learn its secrets.

An article published today in the British medical journal Nature reports that an international team of scientists have succeeded in decoding the entire genome of our favorite rodent.  Prominent scientists working with the Alliance to identify research that would advance our understanding of the common denominator of disease--aging itself, have specifically called-out cross-species research studies using the naked mole rat as a powerful model that could lead the way to healthier aging for humans.

This means that this vital research is in full swing; and that an animal that is far from cute and cuddly might be man's best friend after all.






Posted in: Aging Research

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

HROTW: Learn about Age-Related Macular Degeneration in 60 Seconds

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 20th, 2017

Living Longer & Loving It

Sign up for our electronic newsletter Living Longer & Loving It