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Anti-aging research discussed, May 3

Cynthia Kenyon, a leading researcher on the potential to postpone the aging process, will deliver a lecture titled "Genes From the Fountain of Youth" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

Kenyon, the Herbert Boyer Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California-San Francisco, has led pioneering investigations into how to postpone aging in humans. She has conducted research on microscopic worms to explore how genetic changes can allow them to exceed their normal lifespan by six times -- providing evidence that the rate of aging is under the control of specific cells, genes and hormones. Her work has led to similar experiments by other researchers that have increased the lifespan of mice.

Kenyon is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written or co-written more than 50 publications.

Kenyon's talk, which is intended for a general audience, is designated as the annual Evnin Lecture sponsored by the Council on Science and Technology.

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