Hanging out with younger flies helps mutated fruit flies stay young
Make room in the pool, Wilford Brimley. Some fruit flies have discovered their own version of a youth-anizing “cocoon”: younger flies.
Researchers from the
Understanding why young, healthy fruit flies keep old, ill Drosophila melanogaster vigorous might lead to a molecular explanation for why social interactions help people fend off degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Taken to an extreme, the research might even lead to drugs that could mimic the benefits of having buddies.