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life’s elixir? A revolutionary anti-aging medication might be available soon.
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life’s elixir? A revolutionary anti-aging medication might be available soon.

Imagine taking a medication that would help you live a longer, healthier life. It is the stuff of Disney films and fairy tales. However, a medicine like that for anti-aging isn't just for fiction. For a very long time, researchers have been looking for healthy anti-aging medications. And there is such a medication: rapamycin. When administered to lab animals over their whole lives, rapamycin is already well known for its anti-aging properties. However, there are adverse side effects from this lifetime dosage. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging in Cologne, Germany, have found that brief exposure to the medication can have the same anti-aging and health-preserving effects as a lifelong dosage—without the negative side effects. This might create fresh, per...