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December 12th, 2007
American scientists seem to have found the secret to extending the lifespan of brain cells, thus spawning hope for a longer life.
A molecular biologist and a nanoscientist at the University of Central Florida have found that nanomaterials developed for industry have an unexpected and potentially revolutionary side effect: They can triple or quadruple the life of brain cells.
The result is people could live longer and with fewer age-related health problems.
Beverly Rzigalinski, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology and at the Biomolecular Sciences Center, and Sudipta Seal, associate engineering professor at the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center and the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, will receive 1.4 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging to study the reasons behind the reaction and possible future applications.
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