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As the worm turns

A conversation with Cynthia Kenyon

September 23, 2009
1 hours 13 minutes
Cynthia Kenyon


Cynthia Kenyon is an American Cancer Society Professor and Director of the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging at the University of California, San Fransisco. In 1993, her lab discovered the lifespan of C. elegans could be doubled by a single gene mutation. This led to the discovery that an evolutionarily conserved hormone signaling system controls aging in not only C. elegans, but other organisms as well. Kenyon is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.