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$1.7 million is headed to Ohio University from is headed to Ohio University from the National Institutes of Health to learn more about the science of why we age.
The grant is one of the largest NIH Grants received by Ohio University and is part of a larger $8.6 million cooperative initiative that includes researchers at five other institutions. The project has roots at Ohio University where researchers at five other institutions.
The project has roots at Ohio University where researchers at the Edison Biotechnology Institute have created the world's longest living mouse. The mouse at 5-years-old has survived two times longer than its litter mates. Scientists say the mouse's long life is due to the blocking of the mouse's growth hormone.
With the funding from NIH, scientists will examine how inhibiting the growth hormone receptor in specific tissue types. The five year study may help shed more light on the genetic factors that contribute to aging and its affect on growth hormone on diseases such as diabetes and cancer.