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Scientists work on drug that could extend dogs' lives by 14%

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A study begun late last year into the anti-aging effects of a drug may pave the way for the treatment of dog aging, and maybe someday, human aging too!

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 16/06/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

The Dog Aging Project headed up by Matt Kaeberlein and Daniel Promislow intends to determine whether a drug called rapamycin may be the answer to extending humans' and dogs' lives beyond our wildest dreams.

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The project aims to study 500 treated and placebo dogs over the course of their lives to determine whether rapamycin can halt the aging process in a higher animal. 

Promising studies 

In studies of yeast, worms and flies, the results were encouraging, according to Discover Magazine. Citing the results of a similar study on mice, Discover reports a 9-14% extension of lifespan. 

The Dog Aging Project was launched late last year with $23 million funding from the National Institute on Aging. Promislow and their colleagues have so far received 80,000 responses to their call for canine volunteers.

Can you imagine your pooch living 1-2 years longer? I mean, forever would be better, but we'll take this in a heartbeat!