The shift towards preventive medicine has given anti-aging startups a favorable environment in pursuing longevity and aging issues. The nematode C. elegans has emerged to be a useful animal model for anti-aging and longevity studies.
Aging & Healthspan
Interesting data using C. elegans for studying the impact your gut microbiome may have on your lifespan and healthspan from the Wang Lab at Baylor College of Medicine. The study highlights the power of C. elegans as a tool for whole animal discovery – the work would have been impossible to carry out using cultured cells and would have been prohibitively expensive in mice.
C. elegans’ feeding behavior strongly influences the worm’s aging and longevity. We tested adult worms to quantify how aging affects their feeding behavior. In older adults, pharyngeal pumping was weaker and less regular.