The Glowing Intestines of Aging Flies

Up to now, many scientists have assumed that the aging process is associated with a general increase in oxidants throughout the body. However, this was not confirmed by the observations made by the investigators across the entire life span of the adult animals. They were surprised that almost the only age-dependent increase in oxidants was found in the fly’s intestine. Moreover, when comparing flies with different life spans, they found out that the accumulation of oxidants in intestinal tissue even accelerated with a longer life span.

Candidate for worst headline ever? Anyway, fascinating picture emerging regarding oxidative stress. It’s not (as it’s often hyped) the source of all age-related ills in the body, but it is *something*.

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