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Key To Vitality May Be Found In Fruit Flies

Above: Salk researchers working on fruit flies

Aired 11/16/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Leanne Jones, associate professor, Salk's Laboratory of Genetics and a lead scientist on the project.

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We interview Dr. Jones about the discovery.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

The secret to vitality and insight to age-related diseases may be found in the intestines - of a fruit fly.

Researchers at the Salk Instutite for Biological Studies and at University of California, Los Angeles found fruit flies lived up to 50 percent longer, after a gene in their intestine was altered.

The study is published online in Cell Metabolism.

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