The past decade has seen fundamental advances in our understanding of the ageing process and raised optimism that interventions to slow ageing may be on the horizon. Studies of budding yeast have made immense contributions to this progress. Yeast longevity factors have now been shown to modulate ageing in invertebrate and mammalian models, and studies of yeast have resulted in some of the best candidates for anti-ageing drugs currently in development. The first interventions to slow human ageing may spring from the humble yeast.
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Studies related to this topic in the Kaeberlein laboratory have been supported by US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant R21AG031965, a Pilot Project grant from the University of Washington Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging (NIH grant P30AG013280) and a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation.
M.K. has been issued a patent issued for the identification of ageing genes through large-scale analysis (US patent 7,622,271).
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Kaeberlein, M. Lessons on longevity from budding yeast. Nature 464, 513–519 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature08981
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