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November 03, 2006

Lower body temperature could lengthen lives

Mice that were genetically engineered to have body temperature 0.6 degrees lower than normal lived 12-20% longer. In the future people might be able to take a drug that specifically targets the preoptic “thermostat” area in their brains to trick the body into cooling down slightly. Coming up with such a drug “will be very challenging”, but he hopes it would allow people to live longer without cutting back on the calories.

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