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Awardee in the News: Leonard Guarente on Longevity in Quartz

Jan 29

Awardee in the News: Leonard Guarente on Longevity in Quartz View MoreBACK

On January 24th, 2018, Quartz featured 2015 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction winner Leonard Guarente, PhD in an article about the potential of science and technology to expand health and lifespan.

In the article, “What would life look like if we lived forever?” Guarente’s work is spotlighted:

“Guarente is a revered name on his own accord in the field of gerontology, which is the study of what happens to human life as we age. His lab at MIT spearheaded early research into sirtuins, cellular proteins that have the ability slow the mechanisms of aging within individual cells. An early discovery was that these proteins are most active in cells during times of stress or limited food. Ever heard someone talk endlessly at a party about the youth-bestowing benefits of caloric restriction? In a large part, you can thank (or blame) Guarente for that.”

Later in the article, Guarente states one of the benefits of people living longer is that they will care more about the future. 

“It might make people worry a little bit more about things like climate change, and problems of that kind. If you live longer, it’s more likely to affect you.”

Read the full article here.

Dr. Leonard Guarente is the Novartis Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.