Saturday, May 05, 2007

Home Sweet Sanku

Okay, I'm back now, for what it's worth. Still no computer, a leaky roof and an early rainy season, a meditator from Switzerland and 20 novices who appear set to run amok at any moment. And no abbot until Monday. Contentment is indeed the highest wealth.

Here's a neat article from Alexander G:

Gene clue to longevity uncovered
By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC News

The mystery of how eating less boosts longevity is closer to being solved.

Studies have shown that severe calorie restriction markedly extends lifespan in mice and many other species - but the reasons for this remained elusive.

But now US research on nematode worms, published in Nature, has uncovered a gene linked to this unusual effect.

In the future, the find could lead to drugs that mimic the consequences of calorie restriction but negate the need for severe fasting regimes.

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Am I the only one to wonder why they don't think to just eat less?