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The old worm turns more slowly

Detailed studies of cellular changes in ageing nematode worms show that they, like humans, suffer progressive muscle deterioration. Randomness of cell damage is another shared hallmark of the ageing process.

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Figure 1: Lifespan distributions for individual Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes in isogenic populations of wild-type (green) and long-lived age-1 (purple) strains.


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