UCLA Biologists Slow the Aging Process in Fruit Flies

David Walker, assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, recently led a study showing that when the expression of a single gene, PGC-1, was boosted within the digestive tracts of fruit flies, the flies lived as much as fifty percent longer. PGC-1 activates the cells’ mitochondria and regulates mitochondrial activity in mammals and flies.