Advances in age-old questions

Darby J. Carlson, Anjeza Pashaj, Kylee Gardner, Kimberly A. Carlson

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Drosophila melanogaster is an ideal model organism for various types of aging studies. They are easy to maintain, relatively inexpensive, have short life cycles, provide large sample sizes, and can be genetically manipulated via various methods for testing. The 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, held in San Diego, CA (April 2-6, 2008), had over 30 poster presentations and eight platform talks devoted to physiology and aging, and seven presentations in a longevity and functional senescence workshop. The data presented via these avenues included life span manipulation, physiological related genes, candidate aging genes, gene expression, signaling, and using D. melanogaster as a model for age related disease, to name a few. This report provides highlights of some of the information presented in the poster, platform and workshop presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-151
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Candidate aging genes
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Gene expression
  • Life span manipulation
  • Model for age related diseases
  • Physiological related genes
  • Signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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