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In Vino Vitalis? Compounds Activate Life-Extending Genes

Science  29 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5637, pp. 1165
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5637.1165

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Several naturally occurring small molecules extend the life of yeast cells by approximately 70% and offer some protection to cultured human cells exposed to radiation, researchers reported online in Nature on 24 August. The molecules belong to a family of chemicals known as polyphenols, some of which are prominent components of grapes, red wine, olive oil, and other foods.