November 22, 2011

A Struggle for Financing After a Promising Discovery


The discovery that aging can be delayed in mice is just the kind of experiment one might suppose would be supported by the National Institutes of Health, the government agency that spends $30 billion a year on financing biomedical research. So after Mayo Clinic researchers discovered they could delay degeneration of the tissues in a fast-aging strain of mice by purging senescent cells, they applied to the agency’s National Institute on Aging for financing for the next essential step, that of repeating the test in mice with a normal life span.

NY Times,  by Nicholas Wade, 11/21/11

Tags: aging, James L. Kirkland, Research

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