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Flying in the face of aging

December 16, 2013

The Methuselah fruit fly lives for about four months – four times longer than an ordinary fruit fly.

They’re also more vigorous. “They beat up the other flies and take their women away,” said Gregory Benford, a retired UC Irvine physics professor.

Benford, 72, is co-founder of Genescient Corp., a Fountain Valley research and development company that studies fruit flies to learn how to slow human aging and aging-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

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