SHAKESPEARE AND THE LIFESPAN OF CLAMS

May 5, 2010

In the following clip from TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE, Dr. Steven Austad (the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, San Antonio) makes the connection between Shakespeare, an Icelandic quahog clam and the title of our film.

Dr. Austad’s lab examines the great mystery of why some species live shorter lives while others live much longer, for example, a mouse gets old and dies in about two years, while a bat, which is essentially a mouse with wings, lives for about fifty years.

Identifying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms that account for key differences in similar species, may enable us to back into the answer to health and longevity.

This is another approach to developing and  identifying therapies that will allow human beings to live longer, healthier lives.

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Andrea November 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hey guys, just wanted to throw in my reoasning. When I write lists based solely on opinions, I try to rank them accordingly. Sometimes I let my personal opinion take the reigns, but usually I try to rank them according to what I think popular opinion would dictate. For example, I wrote the list about ten freaky animals (Crawled Out of Your Nightmares is what I’m pretty sure is the title). I put the giant isopod at 10, because it is harmless and lives in the deep ocean, making it unthreatening twofold, and therefore the popular opinion (I predicted) would have been that it didn’t rank above the other animals included. I ranked the Sidney funnel web spider at 1 because it is deadly, common, big, and frankly, it is terrifying. I figured most people would see my reoasning behind it being number one. But when I write lists where I am not sure at all what the popular opinion would be, I choose not to rank them. This way I don’t have to worry about re-reading the list and thinking, “Man, I really wish I would have switched x and y” or having excessive amounts of differing opinions. Since it is unranked, most won’t complain, and the few that do are usually not very rude about it (usually just stating how they would have done it, and often then complimenting the list or else just casually stating their opinion of it in general) or else they are just a random douche bag. Because I wasn’t able to predict what would be most well-received in which place, I chose not to rank them. If I had known how many Lost fans there were versus Dr. Strangelove fans, it would have been easy to make a decision, and so on and so on. Just my reoasning for choosing not to rank them

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