Scientists have made a stunning discovery over the last decade: Aging can be manipulated in the lab. Experiments on small animals, including worms called C. elegans and mice, have shown that, by tinkering with certain genes, scientists can prolong or shorten life spans. With more research, one day, these findings may be applicable to humans, thus answering two of the biggest mysteries in science: Why do we age? Is it possible to prolong human life?
This story first appeared in the February 11, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.